Topeka police chief resigning for National Guard position

Topeka Police Chief James Brown. (Courtesy KSNT)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Topeka’s police chief plans to resign at the start of next year to move into a full-time position with the Kansas National Guard.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Chief James Brown announced Monday that he would step down. His last day with the city will be Jan. 1, and he’ll start his full-time position with the Guard on Jan. 2.

Brown has been police chief since October 2014.

Since August 2015, he’s been the Guard’s command chief master sergeant, making him its senior enlisted leader. The job becomes full-time next year.

Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast praised Brown for having improved community policing. He also started a unit on gangs and organized crime and created a cadets program for people aged 18 to 21.