The Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners announced today that Deputy Chief Joseph Mabin will step into the interim police chief role.

Mabin will take over as police chief when current Police Chief Rick Smith will retire on April 22. 

“Interim Chief Mabin will help us build a safer city and will serve the people of our city and the women and men of the Kansas City Police Department well,” said Mayor Quinton Lucas, who serves on the Board of Police Commissioners. 

Lucas said Mabin is the type of officer that the community can be proud of. 

“We’re confident that the department will be in good hands during this interim period while we engage with the community in the process of hiring a new chief,” Lucas said. 

The Board of Police Commissioners said Mabin will not apply to be the next chief. 

Mabin entered KCPD as a patrol officer in 2000 assigned to the Central Patrol Division and held assignments in the Police Athletic League and Internal Affairs. He was promoted to sergeant in 2007 and served in the Metro Patrol Division, homicide unit and street crimes undercover squad. 

In 2016, he became captain, then a major in 2020 and then lead the Violent Crimes Division. In 2021, he became a deputy chief and currently commands the investigation bureau. 

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