John Simmons has resigned as police chief in Mission. City administrator Gerry Vernon said it was “mutually agreed for him (Simmons) to resign.”
Captain David Moloy will serve as interim chief until a new chief is named. Vernon said the city will first look for a new chief internally. If that is unsuccessful, then an external search will begin.
Simmons became police chief in Mission in April 2011. He had served as police chief in Fairway from 2005 until moving to Mission. Before Fairway, he was police chief in Lansing for five years. Prior to becoming a police officer, he served 22 years in the United States Army. At his last military assignment he was Provost Marshal at Fort Leavenworth. He had served in several positions with the military police.
Vernon said department heads are ratified by the council when they are hired, but then report to the city administrator, who confers with the mayor on changes in status. The council does not approve any subsequent change in employment, Vernon said. Vernon and Mayor Laura McConwell provided no further comment on the event.
Moloy’s position as the most senior captain on the force makes him the interim chief, Vernon said. Moloy has been with the department for 23 years.
The City of Mission, Simmons and two of its officers were recently named defendants in a lawsuit resulting from an arrest at the Mission Post Office. Catrina Engle, after being found not guilty on appeal of disorderly conduct and interfering with an officer charges, filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit in federal court.
Simmons also this year had advocated for a city ordinance that would have made it illegal to carry a gun during commission of a crime. That ordinance was pulled from a council committee agenda shortly before the meeting.
Simmons is past president of the Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association and the Johnson County Chiefs and Sheriffs Association. He is on the board of SAFEHOME, a domestic abuse shelter in Johnson County.
Simmons holds a bachelor’s degree in police administration and a master’s in criminology. He is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College and of the FBI National Academy.