KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 29-year veteran of the Kansas City, Missouri, police force is the department’s new police chief.

The city’s police board on Friday named Maj. Rick Smith as the successor to Darryl Forte, who retired in May. Smith will take the department’s helm on Aug. 15.

Smith joined the department in 1988 and has worked as a patrol officer, tactical response officer and supervisor of the homicide unit. Lately, he has served as commander of the department’s Central Patrol Division.

Smith was a finalist along with Keith Humphrey, the police chief in Norman, Oklahoma.

The Kansas City police force has more than 1,800 sworn officers and civilian employees.

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