Bella Vista Police Chief Ken Farmer retiring this month

Reception set for May 19


After almost four decades in law enforcement, Bella Vista Police Chief Ken Farmer is retiring at the end of this month.

A drop-in reception is set for 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 19 at the American Legion Post 341 in Bella Vista.

Farmer announced his retirement late last year, and will officially leave the department at the end of May.

He began his law enforcement career with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in 1978, and worked for BCSO’s Bella Vista division since 1984, when those deputies were paid by the Bella Vista Property Owners Association. Following the city’s incorporation in 2007, the Bella Vista Police Department was established. Farmer became chief of the department Oct. 1, 2009 and was the second chief of BVPD, after Jim Wozniak.

His replacement — James Graves — started with BVPD in April, and will take on the title of Chief June 1.


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