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PARSONS, KS - Interim City Manager, Debbie Lamb, announced on Friday morning that the City of Parsons has hired a new Police Chief. Jason Sharp of Columbia, Mo., has been hired as the next head of the Parsons Police Department. He will begin his official duties on December 3. Sharp will fill the position formerly held by Scott Gofourth, who retired earlier this year.

Sharp is a native of Labette County, but brings a wealth of law enforcement knowledge to the Parsons Police Department. Sharp is currently working for the University of Missouri Law Enforcement Training Institute as a seminar coordinator and instructor where he has been since 2012, prior to that he taught at Missouri Southern State University and Labette Community College.

Many may recognize Sharp, as he was a former member of the Parsons Police Department from 2004 to 2012 where he worked his way up the ranks from Public Safety Officer to Detective Sergeant.

Sharp is currently working on his doctorate degree in Adult and Lifelong Learning with an emphasis in media and police use of force from the University of Arkansas. He has obtained a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Washburn University and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Washburn University. He holds his Associate Degree in General Studies from Labette Community College.

"We are pleased to bring Jason back to the force," said Lamb. "He has a diverse background and brings leadership and energy to this position. He has the support of the entire police staff and we are looking forward to working with him."

The City will host a welcome reception for Sharp in December. Details will be announced at a later date.

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