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Posted on: January 31, 2024

City of Marina Announces Randy Hopkins as New Police Chief

For Immediate Release
January 30, 2024                               

Contact: Layne Long, City Manager



City of Marina Police Chief Randy Hopkins (left), with Layne Long, City Manager.Marina City Manager Layne Long announced the appointment of Randy Hopkins as Marina’s new Police Chief. Hopkins will be sworn in on Tuesday, February 6. The community is invited to an open house reception on Tuesday, February 6th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm at the Marina City Hall Council Chamber to meet the new Police Chief.


Hopkins comes to Marina from Kansas City, Missouri and brings over 30 years of public safety service; Over 25 years with the Kansas City Police Department leaving as Deputy Chief in 2015 to serve as Chief of Public Safety for Rockhurst University for the past 8 years.


“I am excited to have Chief Hopkins join our City of Marina team as our next Police Chief,” said City Manager Long. “Randy’s passion for public service and decades of experience as a leader will be invaluable for continuing the strong relationships and trust our Police Department has built with our community. Randy will continue the focus of community-centric policing, technology integration, and dedication to engaging the community and setting a standard for modern law enforcement leadership.”


Randy will be taking over the reins from Interim Police Chief Steve Russo, who has been guiding the Police Department the past year while the City has been recruiting for the new Chief of Police. Marina’s Police Department has 29 sworn and 10 civilian staff.


“The dedicated men and women of the Marina Police Department are performing exceptionally well, and I am honored and committed to building upon the leadership that Chief Russo has provided,” said Hopkins. “I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to become acquainted with the community and collaborating closely with the officers and staff of the department. Together, we will persevere in our shared mission to ensure the safety of our community, all while delivering an exceptional standard of service.”

The City hired Peckham and McKinney to assist in conducting a nationwide recruitment. As part of that process, they interviewed the Mayor and City Council and conducted a community survey to ask residents and members of the business community what they were looking for in their next Police Chief which was invaluable in guiding the recruitment and selection process.


Chief Hopkins will begin work on January 31, 2024.