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Letter: Embattled police chief’s last day will be in April


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A draft agreement obtained by The Kansas City Star shows that the embattled Kansas City police chief’s last day on the job will be in April. The letter was written after Chief Rick Smith met Tuesday with Mayor Quinton Lucas and the Board of Police Commissioners’ president, Mark Tolbert. The meeting came just four days after a Jackson County found Det. Eric DeValkenaere guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2019 shooting death of Cameron Lamb. Capt. Leslie Foreman, a spokeswoman for the department said in a statement Tuesday that Smith would retire sometime in 2022. But the new letter provides more details. It says Smith’s last day will be April 22 and that he will be compensated at his current salary through Aug. 31. 


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