Emporia Police Lt. Ed Owens is moving up in the ranks. Owens will officially become Deputy Chief on Sunday.
A graduate of Fort Hays State University, Owens has been a member of the Emporia Police Department since 1990, and was one of Emporia's first bike officers.
Owens has been involved in investigations since 2001 and was the investigations supervisor prior to being named deputy chief. Owens has also been a defensive tactics instructor for 12 years, and is currently a Task Force Officer for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. He was named Supervisor of the Year for 2005 and 2006, and in 2010 attended a FBI National Academy session in Virginia.
In a news release, Owens said he hopes to pass along the knowledge he has gained in his 23-year career to younger officers so they can reach their goals.
Police Chief Scott Cronk says it has been about five years since Emporia had a deputy chief, and at the time there were two -- Mike Williams and Mike Lopez. Cronk says he was able to restructure the staff chart so he didn't have to add a position. One administrative lieutenant position is being eliminated, with those duties to be handled by a sergeant already on board.
KVOE News Director Chuck Samples contributed to this report.