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Bill Cochran to be Topeka’s Interim Police Chief 


Topeka, KS- Bill Cochran will be replacing Kris Kramer as the Interim Police Chief for the City of Topeka. Cochran will start his duties as Interim Chief on November 4th. 

“After meeting with several internal candidates, Bill rose up as the best candidate to be the Interim Police Chief for the City of Topeka,” said City Manager Brent Trout. “Chief Kramer did a wonderful job with the Topeka Police Department and will be leaving it in capable hands. Bill Cochran has the experience in all aspects of police work with strong leadership abilities and a dedication to the community as a whole.” 

Bill Cochran has worked with the Topeka Police Department for thirty one years, starting his service on July 13, 1987. Cochran has worked in several capacities at the Topeka Police Department including: homicide, traffic, patrol, field operations, and criminal investigations. Most recently Cochran has been serving as a Major in criminal investigations as the Bureau Commander.

“It’s both a privilege and an honor to be given this opportunity from City manager Trout. I look forward to serving the community in this capacity until a permanent chief is selected,” said Cochran. “The Topeka police department is one of the leading agencies in the state of Kansas and we have extremely qualified people from top to bottom. I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Chief Kramer for the past thirty years and he has left the agency in great shape for me to take over and to continue moving the Topeka Police Department in a positive direction in the future.” 

Cochran has also served in the Army National Guard from February 1985 until he retired as a First Lieutenant in July of 2005. He served one combat tour in Iraq in 2004. He is a graduate from the Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School. Cochran’s salary as Interim Police Chief will be $115,390. 

City Manager Trout will begin searching for the next permanent Police Chief starting November, 6th. Both internal and external candidates will be considered for the position.