By Seann McAnally
The Board of Aldermen honored outgoing Chief of Police Larry Dickey and named a new police chief at its April 26 regular session.
Dickey recently announced his retirement from the force. His last day is tomorrow, May 6. His successor is current Deputy Chief Charlie Iseman.
Mayor Steve Dennis was visibly emotional as he presented Dickey with a plaque for his service.
“I’m having a hard time with this, because I’m going to miss you,” Dennis said. He went on to praise Dickey’s contributions to the force.
“He means more to our city than most people will ever know,” Dennis said. “He’s been the backbone of this department, and he’s looked to as a leader and mentor.”
He said Dickey, who has been with the force since 1969, was named chief in 2007.
“I started here in 1969, blinked my eyes and now it’s 42 years later,” Dickey said. “It’s really been a pleasure working here, and I’m glad I picked Grandview to go to work in.”
The board lost no time in finding a replacement, and in a last-minute agenda item that was not added until minutes before the meeting, unanimously ratified the appointment of Deputy Chief Charlie Iseman to fill that role. Iseman will not be officially on the job until May 7, and will be sworn in at a special ceremony at the board’s May 10 meeting.
“He was everyone’s first choice,” Dennis said of Iseman. “He’s going to fill the role admirably, and we’re all looking forward to it.”
City Administrator Cory Smith said he appointed Iseman based on Dickey’s recommendation and the high esteem other officers regard him with. Smith said Iseman was the ideal man for job because of his extensive education, more than 20 years law enforcement experience, seven years of command staff experience, detailed knowledge of the Grandview community, and ethical values.
Iseman lives in Blue Springs with his wife and two children. He will make $88,000 per year.
Dickey said he would be leaving the department in good hands.
“He’s well-respected by the men, he’s level-headed and fair, and he knows and loves this city,” Dickey said of Iseman.
As for his future, Dickey said he and his wife, who also retired a few weeks ago, are looking forward to hitting the open road in their RV.
“We’ll go as far as the cost of diesel fuel will take us,” he said.