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Retiring Parsons Police Chief John Keele holds his grandson, Noah Keele, 2, Friday afternoon in the city commission room of the Parsons Municipal Building while his wife, Kelly, talks with Noah. The city of Parsons had a retirement reception for Keele, who has been police chief since 2008 and was assistant chief for about 16 years before that. Keele has been in law enforcement for 35 years. Many fellow law enforcement officers congratulated Keele, including KBI Senior Special Agent Chris Farris, Labette County Sheriff Robert Sims and former chiefs of police in Parsons, Gary Baldwin and Neal Wilkerson. Keele received several gifts and plaques honoring his years of service and contributions to law enforcement and community safety. The Parsons Police Officers Association gave Keele a Sig Sauer .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol. He also received law enforcement patches from all Kansas counties. The reception also included a cake decorated with photos from Keele’s law enforcement career.