Police Captain, Two Sergeants Retiring by July 1

Published on May 25, 2022

Three white men in police uniform standing for individual headshots in front of an American flag.

City of Merriam staff today gathered together to send off Sgt. John Walton as he retires after more than 24 years of service in the Merriam Police Department. 

Walton started as a patrol officer and worked his way up to corporal in 2001 and sergeant in 2011. He said his favorite part about working for the Merriam Police Department is the opportunity to mentor young officers and the friendships he made. Walton said he’ll miss his colleagues and being part of the culture within the city.

“The people and the culture, hands down,” Walton said. “Coming from an athletic background, I’ve always loved being part of a group of people who are all working toward a common goal. I’ve been blessed with some great teammates here, both within the police department and in other city departments.”

Walton said his wife, Kristi, and daughter, Gillian, deserve a big thank you for “having to cope with the fallout of this job.”

“Despite the cost, I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the public and for the perspective and learning opportunities that being a police officer has provided me with,” Walton said. “Through the ups and downs, I’ve always believed that the City of Merriam was a great family to be a part of, and I’ll miss it tremendously.” 

Capt. Todd Allen and Sgt. Jason Reynolds are on retiring July 1.

Reynolds began his watch at the Merriam Police Department in 2000. He was promoted to corporal in 2007 and sergeant in 2012. Before that, he was a Russian linguist with the U.S. Army for four years.

“I think we have a great department,” Reynolds said. “We hold ourselves to the highest standards in terms of professionalism and training.”

Reynolds said he couldn’t have made it through his law enforcement career without the support of his fellow officers and family.

“I’ll certainly miss all the great people here and want to offer a sincere thank you to all the officers at this department now and who I’ve worked with in the past,” Reynolds said.

While Reynolds plans to spend more time with his 1-year-old grandson, he said he’ll always remember our city fondly.

“I’ll always be nostalgic about patrolling down Merriam Drive,” Reynolds said.

The journey for Capt. Todd Allen started in 1996. He was hired as a police officer for the Merriam Police Department before being promoted to a corporal in 2000, sergeant in 2006, and captain in 2014. Allen was named acting police chief for six months after Chief of Police Michael Daniels retired in 2019. 

Allen also said he’ll miss his colleagues.

“I really liked working with these incredible people who are all very good at their jobs,” Allen said. “They all could’ve had higher paying jobs working in another profession, but all chose to serve the community by working for the police department.”

Allen said he’s excited to spend more time with this family before starting on a new path in a different career. 

We want to congratulate all three officers on such tremendous careers and wish them well in their future endeavors. 

With the three officers leaving the Merriam Police Department, the City will look to hire new police officers within the next two months. Now’s the time to apply – visit merriam.org/joinPD to learn more.