Chief Ellen Hanson recently retired from the Lenexa, Kansas Police Department where she has served for 37 years. She began her career as a patrol officer and was later transferred to the Investigations Division where she served as a detective and later as the commander of that unit. Before being named Chief of Police in 1991, she served as commander of the Patrol Division and Deputy Chief. She is a 1980 graduate of the FBI National Academy and past president of the Johnson County Chiefs and Sheriffs Association and the Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association.
She currently serves as the Parliamentarian of the IACP Patrol and Tactical Committee and the DARE America Law Enforcement Advisory Board. Chief Hanson has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Kansas University and a Masters Degree in Management Science from Baker University. In 1996, she was named the Clarence M. Kelley Law Enforcement Administrator of the year and the Outstanding Graduate Student in the School of Liberal Arts at Baker University in 1990. Most recently, in 2010, Chief Hanson was named the Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year by the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives.