hired as police chief
After an application and interview process
of several weeks, Platte City has a new police chief.
Strong qualifications and an impressive
educational background were the deciding factors in hiring
Joseph McHale to fill the position vacated by former chief
Bill Massock, according to Platte City Mayor Dave Brooks.
"This guy has qualifications like
you would not believe," Brooks said.
McHale, 52, possesses a bachelor of science
degree in criminal justice as well as a master's degree
in public affairs. He is a graduate of the FBI National
Academy in Quantico, Virginia and of the Dale Carnegie
Leadership and basic communications course.
"His ability to communicate was very
attractive to us," Brooks said.
McHale, who has held various positions
with the Kansas City police department, has over 30 years
of law enforcement experience, including 10 years of executive
level police management.
"We have a very strict qualification
process that the candidates had to meet," Brooks
explained. "McHale more than met the qualifications.
We are very pleased."
According to Brooks, McHale has passed
all the tests administered by the city and will begin
his new job on Monday with a salary between $49,000-50,000.
"We had exceptional candidates and
we hired the best," Brooks said.
Detective Dennis Trabue is serving as
interim chief until McHale starts on Monday.