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Clarence M. Kelley


Clarence M. Kelley was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1911. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas in 1936. He continued his education at the University of Missouri, where he earned a law degree in 1940. That same year he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent in October 7, 1940. Kelley served in the United States Navy from July 22, 1944, to April 9, 1946, having been granted military leave from the FBI. Returning from military service Kelley was assigned to the Kansas City office, where his performance earned him a promotion to field supervisor. 
 
From July 1953 to July 1957 he served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge at the Houston, Seattle, and San Francisco offices. He was then transferred to the Training and Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters, becoming an Inspector. In December, 1957 he was promoted to Special Agent in Charge of the Birmingham office and was reassigned to the Memphis office in November 1960, where he served as Special Agent in Charge until his retirement from the FBI on October 24, 1961. 
 
After retiring from the FBI, Kelley became the Chief of Police in Kansas City, Missouri. During that time he was a member and officer of several civic associations. He is acknowledged and respected as an innovator who created the first helicopter division as well as installing the first computer systems in the Kansas City Police Department. In 1970 Kelley received the J. Edgar Hoover Gold Medal for Outstanding Job Service, presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The following year he was named to the Presidential Advisory Committee, and served on both the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals and on the FBI National Academy Review Committee from 1972-1973. 
 
On June 7, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon nominated Kelley to be Director of the FBI. The United States Senate confirmed the nomination June 27 and he was sworn in on July 9. Kelley was the first director of the FBI to be appointed through the nomination and confirmation process. Kelley announced his intention to retire in 1977, prompting an exhaustive year-long search for a successor. 
 
In 1982, Clarence Kelley returned home to Kansas City and founded Clarence M. Kelley and Associates (CMKA). CMKA has grown to be the Midwest’s leader in security solutions and risk management providing highly professional armed and unarmed guard services, executive protection and investigations of all types. 

Clarence M. Kelley
Meritorious Service Award

Clarence M. Kelley and Associates sponsors this award. It is presented twice per year to recognize a member of the chapter who shows “dedication to an exemplary career in law enforcement”. The CMK award will recognize a Kansas member during the chapter’s Spring Re-Trainer and a Missouri member during the chapter’s Fall Re-Trainer. The first award was presented during the Fall Session, 2001.


Clarence M. Kelley
Meritorious Service Award Recipients

Year

2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
Kansas Recipient

Larry Welch
Edwin Pavey
Alvin Thimmesch
Kenneth Francis
Sidney Mitchell
John Foster
William "Bill" Cornwell
Bob Odell
John Meier
Sam Breshears
Jeff Herman
Randy Adair
Bruce Mellor
Ellen Hanson
John Simmons
Mark Goodloe
William Delaney
Randy Henderson
 Missouri Recipient

Clarence Hoffman
L. Earle Conner
Howard Brown
Jan Zimmerman
William Bell
Robert Ahring
Kristopher Turnbow
Jack Foley
Sue Ash
Tom Phillips
Richard Gillespie
Randy Boehm
Dave Burlew
David Zimmerman
Scott Rhoad
Steve Beamer
Mike Hasty
James Simpson

                                                                          

     Spring 2018 Clarence M. Kelley Award Recipient                                          Fall 2018 Clarence M. Kelley Award Recipient

                             Randy Henderson                                                                                            James Simpson

  
 
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