When Kenneth Bell steps down as Van Buren police chief today, he will leave VBPD feeling blessed.
“I have had a good run and a good career,” Bell said. “I have been blessed to serve the city of Van Buren and its citizens and am looking forward to the next chapter in my life.”
Bell’s next chapter will be as a Realtor for Kevin Clifton Real Estate.
“When I mentioned I was going to retire, I had a couple of Realtors ask me about going to work for them,” Bell said. “I never considered such a move, but the more I thought about it the more I wanted to give it a try.”
The retiring police chief also wants to trave,l and first up for Bell and his wife, Theresa, and children, Christoper, Samantha, Tori, Devin and Eliza, is a trip to Cancun, Mexico, in July.
“We have never had a vacation where we are all together … one or two always have been missing,” Bell said. “It will be nice for all of us to be together.”
Although, the new career is on the horizon, Bell said he told Theresa that their future will include at least five vacations a year.
“We love the beach and ocean,” he said. “If it is warm and tropical, we are interested.”
Bell was born in Michigan and raised in the small town of Pioneer in Ohio. Through the military, he ended up in Van Buren in 1982, working as a security guard at a Fort Smith hospital.
“I applied to both the Van Buren and Fort Smith police departments and Van Buren called me first,” Bell recalled.
He began his career with the Van Buren Police Department in 1985 and was appointed police chief in 2001.
“I am thankful for Mayor Gene Bell hiring me in…
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