Steve Menke Named Olathe Police Chief

Steve Menke Named Olathe Police Chief

Olathe Police Department veteran Steve Menke has been named Olathe's Police Chief replacing Janet Thiessen who resigned the position earlier this month.

Menke brings over 20 year of experience to the position. He began his career with the department as a police officer in 1988. Since that time he has served in various capacities in nearly all the department's divisions including: communications officer, patrol officer, detective, patrol sergeant, patrol lieutenant, personnel and training division captain, investigations division captain, operations bureau commander and most recently, acting major (the departments number two position). He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy and holds a bachelors degree in business from Mid-America Nazarene University.

Menke is involved in a number of law enforcement organizations including: the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Kansas Tactical Officers Association and the Kansas City Metropolitan Tactical Officers Association.  In addition, Menke serves on the City's executive leadership team where he focuses on citywide leadership related issues.

According to Olathe City Manager Michael Wilkes, the decision to hire Menke was easy. He said, "One of the legacies Chief Thiessen is leaving is the development of an excellent command staff." Wilkes said, "It was clear we had very strong and capable internal candidates, and we felt completely confident in offering the position to Steve Menke." 

Wilkes continued, "Steve brings tremendous leadership qualities to the department as well as a 20 year history serving Olathe. He's proven his commitment and dedication to not only the department and the City, but also to the citizens of Olathe."

According to Menke, he looks forward to the opportunity. He said, "I've spent my entire law enforcement career in Olathe, and we truly have an exceptional department." He continued, "I have been proud to serve with the men and women of the Olathe Police Department the past 20 years, and it is an honor to be in a position to lead the department." Menke said, "We're doing some tremendous things today, but our ongoing challenge is to remain on the cutting edge as we move to the future."