Retired Detective Sergeant Craig Hubbell
Craig graduated from the Kansas City, Missouri Police Academy and began his career in law enforcement in 1984. He spent 26 years with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department (KCPD), where he spent most of his time in specialized units including tactical, homicide, and bomb and arson.
After he retired from the KCPD, Craig was hired by the Parkville Police Department in 2010 as a full-time detective. In 2010, Parkville had a violent crime clearance rate of 83%, which was well above the National average, and had zero reported rapes. Chief Kevin Chrisman knew he needed an experienced investigator to carry the Police Department into the future. Craig was that person, and his performance was extraordinary.
Craig was promoted to Detective Sergeant in 2016 and investigated and cleared nine rapes, six robberies and all three homicides. In 2021, Parkville had a clearance rate of 100% for violent crimes, 50% for burglary and took two rape reports, both of which were cleared.
Retired Police Administrative Assistant Cindy Liberty
Cindy Liberty, Police Administrative Assistant, after forty-two years with the Department, retired on April 8, 2022.
Cindy and her family moved to Parkville in 1958 where she raised four children. Cindy began working for City Hall as a part-time employee and began working for the Police Department in October 1979. Chief Michael Frye was the Chief of Police at the time. Since then, Cindy has only worked for two other Police Chiefs, Bill Hudson (15 years) and now Kevin Chrisman since 2009. Cindy also worked for ten different Mayors and six City Administrators. When Cindy started working here, there were a lot less people working in City Hall and everybody always helped each other to get things done. Cindy was officially the Police Administrative Assistant and the Court Clerk, but she was the assistant to everyone else because things needed to get done around City Hall. Cindy said her starting salary was $600 per month ($3.46 per hour) in 1979 and she was excited to earn this much. Cindy has also worked in three City Halls plus the temporary Police Department in the Meeting House on the Park University Campus after the flood of 1993.
When Cindy moved to Parkville in 1958. She said Busch’s Market, located at 112 Main Street, was the closest store to get groceries. She also stated they sold candy for a penny and cut their own meat right in the store. The next closest grocery store was the Riverside Red X. She remembers the intersection of Highway 45 at Highway 9 was a three-way stop, because Highway 45 did not go east from there.
Cindy has four children, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. During her time in Parkville, Cindy has seen a tremendous amount of change and Parkville will always be home.
Video of Cindy’s Retirement Party on April 6, 2022
Retired Police Officer Edward Olson
Retired Officer Edward “Eddie” Olson began his law enforcement career as a Reserve Police Officer for the City of Parkville in 1976. Olson worked as a Reserve Police Officer until 1979, when he accepted a full time position as Police Officer for the City of Parkville. Olson provided the citizens of Parkville with nearly forty years of dedicated service while on road patrol. Olson had many great accomplishments while he served the citizens of Parkville, one being a part of the “Kansas City Metro Homicide Squad” in the 1993. Olson retired on December 14th, 2015 making him the longest serving Police Officer in the history of Parkville.
Please watch the below video to honor Retired Officer Edward Olson.
Video to honor Officer Olson