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Divided council names Bailey police chief

With large audience present, meeting becomes heated

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A split Great Bend City Council confirmed Mayor Mike Allison’s appointment of Great Bend Police Lt. David Bailey as police chief in a tense meeting Monday night that included verbal sniping between the capacity crowd and the council and amongst the council members themselves.
Bailey, a 40-year veteran of the Great Bend Police Department, was named interim chief last week. It was the Police Chief Interview Committee that recommended his permanent appointment.
“He will do his level best to make the city a great place to live,” Interim City Administrator George Kolb said.
It was Councilman Joel Jackson who ...

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