SPRING HILL — Cindy Henson was appointed Spring Hill’s new chief of police during the Spring Hill City Council meeting March 15.
“It is my privilege to nominate Cindy Henson to the position of chief of police in the city of Spring Hill, Kansas, and give these officers the leadership they deserve,” Mayor Steven Ellis said.
Henson was selected from a pool of more than 15 applicants, which was ultimately refined to five top candidates, according to a city news release.
“Cindy Henson is the right person for the right job at the right time in the right town,” City Administrator Jim Hendershot said.
Henson currently serves as a major with the Overland Park Police Department, where she’s worked for 27 years. She will begin her duties with the Spring Hill Police Department on April 8.
“I am committed to being intentional in my leadership, to work well with others, to be humble in my responsibility and to be decisive in my actions to support and serve the community of Spring Hill,” Henson said.
Also during the March 15 meeting, interim police chief Lance Wipf was honored for his nearly yearlong service to the Spring Hill Police Department.
“Without questioning, Wipf assumed the role of interim police chief and immediately took on the responsibility of the office. With the appointment as interim chief, the department morale and sense of stability was immediately improved and noticeably so,” Hendershot said. “His get-it-done attitude carried Wipf through many challenges from staffing to budget to policy review and a recommendation of reorganization of the department. Many times, the learning curve for Sgt. Wipf was pretty steep, but without ever complaining, he led the department forward.”
Wipf stepped into the acting chief of police role in March 2018 and later into the interim role in May 2018 from his role as K9 sergeant after the city terminated the employment of Police Chief Richard Mann.
In his tenure, Wipf successfully upgraded the city’s storm sirens, hired two officers, implemented the purchase and installation of new mobile data computers for department patrol cars, purchased new in-car camera systems, purchased new portable radios, recommended restructuring police department command structure and projected staffing needs for the department in three to five years and five to 10 years all while maintaining his K9 duties with his partner, Niko, according to the release.
“You took a position that you did not ask for,” Mayor Ellis said. “You took a position that you did not want because you are not done being a cop yet. I have a great appreciation for that, and I think everyone in this community does. Sergeant, you are testament to your department and a testament to that badge.
“You, sir, helped to hold this department together, and for that 12-month period of time, you gave us the opportunity to understand what we need in a leader and help us to take the time to attract the right candidate.”