Eudora’s Dahlem named city’s new Chief of Police
The Eudora City Council named Sgt. Greg Dahlem as Eudora's new police chief Monday night. Prior to the Council's decision, about 80 candidates from across the country had applied for the police position, which ended up going to the Eudora officer.
Council member Tom Pyle said when the city decided to add a second officer to its force it saw Dahlem as a qualified candidate. Now 15 years later, Pyle said, nothing had changed.
"All of us feel sometimes it's better to have someone from within -- somebody who knows the community and who knows what's going on," he said. "I only hope you do as good a job as Chief Long has done, and I know you will."
Because Long will retire from his 35-year-term at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Mayor Ron Conner chuckled and said Dahlem's tenure would begin at 5:01 p.m. that day.
The Council also honored Long Monday night for his 35 years of service, which Conner said provided a link between the city and the Eudora community. The Mayor also announced the retirement of Long's badge, No. 975.
Long said jokingly that the city's first -- and only -- administrator, Mike Yanez, was the best he'd worked with, and that City Attorney Jerry Cooley had been what kept him out of trouble.
The city and Long's family will have a reception for the retiring police chief from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St.
"Come and poke fun at him," joked City Clerk Donna Oleson. "That's what we're all going to do."