Command Staff

Chief Sam Larson
Sam LarsonChief Sam Larson joined the Shawnee Police Department in 1999. He served as a Patrol Officer, Traffic Safety Officer, STAR Team Officer, and Detective while an Officer on the Department. In 2005, Sam was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He has served as a Sergeant in Patrol, General Assignment Investigations, and in Dispatch / Technical Services. In 2014, Sam was promoted to Captain. Another promotion followed in 2015 to the rank of Major and he was assigned to the Patrol Division then Support Services Division. In 2019, he was promoted to Deputy Chief and in 2020 he was appointed Chief of Police.

Chief Larson graduated from Washburn University with an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas and is a 2017 graduate of the Shawnee Tomorrow Leadership Program. He is a 2019 graduate of the 277th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. Chief Larson is a past President of the Kiwanis Club of Shawnee and is a current member of the Rotary Club of Shawnee. Chief Larson is a lifelong resident of Shawnee.
Deputy Chief Ben Mendoza

Ben MendozaDeputy Chief Ben Mendoza has served the City of Shawnee as a Police Officer since 1997 where served as a Patrol Officer and Detective. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in December 2009. During his tenure with the City, Ben has served as a Patrol Sergeant, Tactical Team Leader and an Investigations Sergeant. He has also been involved with numerous training and leadership initiatives as well as the Kansas City Metro Squad and the Johnson County Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team. In 2015, Ben was promoted to the rank of Captain and served as a Commander in the Special Operations Bureau, Staff Services Bureau in 2016, and Patrol Bureau in 2018 until promoted to the rank of Major in 2019. In 2020, Ben was promoted to Deputy Chief.

Deputy Chief Mendoza has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Avila College. In 2018, he graduated from the University of Kansas Law Enforcement Leadership Academy and Certified Public Manager Program. Ben is a 2019 graduate of the 142nd class of the Southern Police Institute. Ben completed the Shawnee Tomorrow Leadership course in 2019, and has been a resident of Shawnee since 1990.

Major Jason Brunner
Jay BrunnerMajor Jason Brunner has served the City of Shawnee as a Police Officer since 2006, where he served in Road Patrol, Investigations, and the Special Investigations Unit. Jason was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the Patrol division in April 2014. In June 2015, Jason was promoted to the rank of Captain where he has served as the Road Patrol Bureau Commander,  the Commander of the Investigations Bureau and the Staff Services Commander.  In May of 2019, Jason was promoted to Major and currently serves as the Patrol Division Commander.

Major Brunner received his Bachelor's Degree of General Studies from the University of Kansas, his Master’s Degree of Organizational Administration from Mid America Nazarene University and holds a Certified Public Managers (CPM) certification from the University of Kansas.  Jay is scheduled to participate in the 286th session of the FBI National Academy in 2021. Major Brunner and his family are residents of Shawnee.
Major Jim Baker
Captain Jim BakerMajor Jim Baker started his career with the Shawnee Police Department on January 4, 1999. Prior to coming to Shawnee Jim was a Police Officer for the City of Roeland Park. He served in Investigations from 2002 to 2005, as well as serving as a member of the STAR Team and as a Field Training Officer. Captain Baker was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in June 2007 where he served as a supervisor in both Patrol and the Traffic Unit. Jim was promoted to the rank of Captain in April of 2017 and has been the commander of the Road Patrol Bureau, the Investigations Bureau, and Staff Services Bureau. In April of 2020, Jim was promoted to Major and currently serves as the Support Services Division Commander.

Jim graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with his Bachelors Degree in Applied Organizational Leadership. In 2018, Captain Baker earned the designation of Certified Public Manager through the University of Kansas.  Jim is a long time Shawnee resident.
Captain Matt Seichepine
Matt SeshpineCaptain Matt Seichepine has served the City of Shawnee as a Police Officer since 2008. He has served as a Patrol Officer, Directed Patrol Unit Officer and General Assignment Detective. In 2015, Matt was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he served as a Road Patrol Sergeant and Investigations Sergeant. In 2019, Matt was promoted to Captain where he currently serves as Commander of the Professional Development Bureau.

Captain Seichepine is an alumni of the University of Kansas, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies in 2008, and his Master of Public Administration in 2020. Matt is a Shawnee resident. 
Captain Steve Walsh
Steve WalshCaptain Steve Walsh began his career as a Shawnee Police Officer in 1999.  Steve started out in patrol where he served as a field training officer.  He worked a one year rotation as a DUI enforcement officer in 2003.  He transferred to the traffic safety unit full time in 2005 where he became a certified motorcycle officer and Traffic Crash Reconstructionist.  Steve was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2015 where he was assigned to the Patrol Division.  Later in 2015 he was transferred back to the Traffic Safety Unit as the Traffic Sergeant.  In 2019 Steve was promoted to the rank of Captain and was assigned to the Investigations Bureau, where he currently serves.

Captain Walsh graduated from University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.  He was born and raised in Shawnee, and is a current member of the Kiwanis Club of Shawnee. 

Captain Shaun Miller
Shaun MillerCaptain Shaun Miller has served the City of Shawnee as a Police Officer since 2003.  As an Officer, he has served in Road Patrol, Investigations and Special Investigations.  In 2014, Shaun was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he served in Patrol and later in Communications/Technical Services.  In 2019, Shaun was promoted to the rank of Captain as Commander of the Special Operations Bureau where he currently serves.

Captain Miller received his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Washburn University.  He was raised in Shawnee and has been a lifelong resident in the area. 
Captain Corey Wilburn
Corey WilburnCaptain Corey Wilburn has served the City of Shawnee as a Police Officer since 1996.  During his time with the city, Corey has served as a patrol officer, Criminal Interdiction Unit, School Resource Officer and Detective.  Corey is a current member of the Kansas City Metro Squad and the Johnson County Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team.  Corey was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the Patrol Bureau in August 2017.  In May 2019, Corey was promoted to Captain as the Patrol Bureau Commander where he is currently serving. 
 
Captain Wilburn received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Missouri Western State University.
Captain William Sanderson
William SandersonCaptain William Sanderson has served the City of Shawnee as a Police Officer since 2008 where he worked in Road Patrol, the STAR Team, Criminal Interdiction, and Investigations. During his time in the Investigations Bureau, Will became a member of the Kansas City Metro Squad and the Johnson County Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team. In 2018, Will promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he supervised the Road Patrol and Investigations Bureaus. In 2020, Will promoted to the rank of Captain and designated as the Road Patrol Bureau Commander where he currently serves.

Captain Sanderson graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology.