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Posted on: April 1, 2019

City selects longtime Kansas officer as Chief of Police

Cindy Henson

Spring Hill has a new leader in its ranks. 

Cindy Henson will join the Spring Hill Police Department as its new Chief of Police. Henson was appointed by Mayor Steven Ellis at the March 15 City Council meeting. 

“Cindy Henson is the right person for the right job at the right time in the right town,” Jim Hendershot said during the meeting. 

Henson was selected from a highly-talented pool of more than 15 applicants, ultimately refined to five top candidates. She will begin her new duties with the police department April 8 and she’s ready to get started.

“I am looking forward to meeting with my officers, getting to know them and working as a team to reach our full potential as a department to deliver a level of service that maintains and builds trust within the community,” Henson said.  

One of her first priorities as chief is to sit down with officers and staff to evaluate and determine what is working, what needs improvement and how to prioritize efforts moving forward.

“I am most looking forward to getting to know them and working as a team in our efforts to provide professional and quality service to the community. My hope is to create an environment worthy of the officers’ loyalty and one the community trusts and is proud to call us their own.”

A born and raised Johnson Countian, Henson graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School, later graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri. She brings 27 years of police experience and while working with the Overland Park Police Department served in a variety of assignments, both as an officer and supervisor; which included community policing officer, school resource officer, investigations, professional standards, training, personnel and patrol. 

“I believe those experiences will help our police department navigate the future growth of Spring Hill,” Henson said. 

Looking forward to her new position, Henson hopes to provide new opportunities for the department members to reach their own professional goals and full potential. 

While researching other cities seeking police chiefs, Henson was most intrigued by the potential of Spring Hill, she said. 

“I would like to believe we chose each other,” she said. “… I was told Spring Hill has a reputation of doing it right. The City’s mission focuses on creating a sense of home; building on the foundation and belief that Spring Hill is a place where people want to be. I value those principles as well. Having worked in a larger agency, I am excited about working more closely with the officers and the community; to do it right and, from the police point of view, make the department a place officers want to be.”

In her free time, Henson enjoys spending it outdoors with activities such as golf, hiking and kayaking. She’s married to Ken Henson and together, they have seven grandchildren, ranging in age from three to 12. They also have a dog which she admits is “a princess and a little spoiled.”  

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