John Douglass

Olathe High School
Class of 1970

(Oct. 20, 1951 —      )

John’s dedicated career in law enforcement included work on regional and national levels. John has a bachelor’s degree in personnel administration as well as a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas. Academic accolades include the completion of the FBI National Academy in 1983 and FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development seminar program in 1998. John began his career with the Overland Park Police Department in 1973 and held various ranks and positions in every division during his tenure. He was appointed Chief of Police in 1996. As a result of his leadership, John received several major awards including: the 2000 Clarence M. Kelly Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Administration, a 2002 Crises Management Award (Kansas City Chapter of American Society for Public Administration), and the 2005 FBI Director’s Community Leadership award. His appointments included president of the Kansas Chiefs of Police Association, and selection as General Chair of the Mid-Size Cities Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. After his retirement in 2014 from the City of Overland Park, John now serves as the Safety and Security Manager for the Shawnee Mission School District.