KPD deputy chief resigns, replacement named

Retiring Deputy Chief Tim King was honored at Monday's Kirksville City Council meeting.

The Kirksville Police Department (KPD) announced Tuesday two big promotions within the department.

Lieutenant Steve Farnsworth has been promoted to deputy chief of KPD.

Farnsworth has been with the department for 27 years.

He was promoted to corporal in 1990, to sergeant in 1994 and to lieutenant last year.

Farnsworth has held assignments on the Special Response Team, community policing officer and school resource officer.

The Kirksville Police Department said Corporal Mark Wellman has been promoted to lieutenant.

He has been with KPD for 30 years and was promoted to corporal in 1995.

Wellman has been the department's firearms instructor for 25 years and has held assignments on the Special Response Team and as a detective.

Deputy Police Chief Tim King is retiring after 28 years and one month with KPD.

King was hired as a police officer on June 17, 1985.

He was promoted to corporal in September 1987, to sergeant in April 1990, to lieutenant in August 1994, and then to captain in December 1996 with a title change to deputy police chief in May 2004.

King was honored with a resolution at Monday evening's Kirksville City Council meeting.

He is going to teach law enforcement-related classes at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.