KBI director will be guest speaker

Kirk Thompson, Director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation will be in El Dorado Feb. 3 to speak to the First Responders at the First Annual Appreciation Day.
A first responder since the 1970’s, he advanced through the ranks of law enforcement from being a reserve deputy sheriff, while attending Barton County Community College.  He completed their Criminal Justice program and was hired as a deputy sheriff.
In 1979, Thompson was hired as a Special Agent for the KBI and served almost 30 years, eventually becoming Associate Director.
His career path then took him to the Topeka Police Department as a Captain in command of the Professional Standards Unit.
After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and graduating from the FBI National Academy and the Kansas Certified Public Managers Program, in 2011, he was appointed as Director of the KBI.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center, the Kansas Commission of Police Officer’s Standards and Training, the Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, the Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Committee, the Executive Board of the Midwest KIDTSA program and many other law enforcement related committees and boards.
Thompson and his wife, Stephanie live in Topeka and have one daughter and three grandchildren.
The First Responders Community event is sponsored by Carlson/Kirby Morris Funeral Homes, to say thanks to all first responders—those who serve in staff positions and those who volunteer their time.
The community is invited to interact with them on Feb. 3 from 4-6 p.m. at the Community (4-H) Building, saying thanks for their service.
Thompson will speak at the dinner for the responders at 6:30 p.m.  That event is not open to the public.