Burton named new police chief

Thursday, February 19, 2009 | 5:46 p.m. CST; updated 6:30 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 19, 2009
New Columbia Police Chief Kenneth Burton

COLUMBIA — After nearly eight months of searching, Haltom City, Texas, Police Chief Kenneth Burton has been chosen to lead the Columbia Police Department.

Burton's experience as a police chief made the difference in choosing him over the other finalist, Kansas City Police Major Christine Laughlin, City Manager Bill Watkins said.


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"Either of the two final candidates would make a great chief," Watkins said.  “But his experience as a police chief makes a difference, I think. It's a difference between being a major, which is the third level down, and being the No. 1 person."

Burton will start work the first week of April and be paid $135,000 annually, Watkins said. He has served as Haltom City police chief since 2003 and several other police departments in Texas since entering the force as an officer in Dallas in 1977.

He succeeds Police Chief Randy Boehm, who retired in July after serving nearly 32 years in the Columbia Police Department to become manager of security at MU Health Care. Boehm's salary at retirement was $100,000.


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Charles Dudley Jr February 19, 2009 | 6:21 p.m.

Would have done better with the lady. Obviously Columbia is not as diverse in it's thinking as some think it is.

Time will tell wont it.

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keith richardson May 22, 2009 | 1:24 p.m.

my best wishs go out to chief burton in this new assignment, i know you will do well. chief burton and i grew up together in dallas, he was like a big brother to me. i wish you the best in your future. your friend keith richrdson.

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