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Meet Our Staff

Chief Travis Forbes

Image of Chief Travis ForbesChief Forbes began his career in law enforcement on May 14th, 1992, with the Independence Missouri Police Department.  He attended the 84th Kansas City Regional Police Academy class and graduated as Valedictorian.

Travis graduated Summa Cum Laude from Park University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Human Resources. He was also selected by the university as most outstanding student for the Independence campus.

Travis went on to earn his Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2004.  He was one of three graduates selected for the national Public Administration Honors Society, Pi Alpha Alpha.

Travis is also a 2007 graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. 

Travis authored the criminal justice textbook “The Investigation of Crime,” published in 2008.

Travis’s career includes work in patrol, investigations, narcotics, special operations, and administration.  

In 1998, Travis was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served as a supervisor in Uniform Patrol.  In 2001, Sergeant Forbes was selected as a member to the Kansas City Metro Drug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Unit where he served until 2003.

In 2003, Travis was promoted to the rank of Captain and placed in the position of supervisor over the Independence Police Department’s Drug Enforcement Unit. In 2004, he was transferred to the position of supervisor over the Criminal Investigations Division.

In 2006, Travis was promoted to the rank of Major and served as the Commander of the Special Operations Division, the Patrol Division, and then the Administrative Division.

Travis was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2013 and commanded the Operations Support Bureau.

Travis has had numerous letters of appreciation, commendations, and awards throughout his career, and was selected Officer of the Month twice for the Department.  Travis was also selected as the City of Independence Employee of the Month during his tenure as a Major.  The Investigations Unit received a Special Unit Citation in 2005 while under Travis’ command.

Travis’ wife, Michelle, is a school teacher for the Fort Osage School District.  They have three children: Tanner, Logan, and Raven.  Travis’ father is the current Chief of Police in Lone Jack, Missouri, after retiring from the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department.  Travis’ grandfather was with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Deputy Chief John Boenker


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Deputy Chief John Boenker has been with the Lee’s Summit Police Department since 1994. He was hired as a detention officer and in 1995 was selected to be a police officer. In 2006, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant; 2008 to captain; and in 2011 he was promoted to major.  In 2019 he was appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief.

Deputy Chief Boenker attended Longview Community College and graduated from Central Missouri State University in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.  In 2013 he attended the 253rd session of the FBI National Academy and graduated with his classmates in June of 2013.

During his service to the department, he has served in the Operations Division, Traffic Unit, and Criminal Investigations Unit. He has also served as the CALEA team coordinator, public information officer and school resource officer and tactical team member.  His primary duties include developing and managing the department budget and managing capital and bond projects.  All division Majors report directly to the Deputy Chief.

Deputy Chief Boenker is actively involved with the FBI NA, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Metropolitan Chief’s and Sheriff’s Association, and the Missouri Police Chief’s Association.

Major Mark Liebig

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Major Mark Liebig has served with the Lee’s Summit Police Department since 1992. As an Officer, Major Liebig held numerous positions such as a Bicycle Officer, Field Training Officer and six years assigned to the Juvenile Unit teaching the DARE program in elementary schools. He spent eight years as a sniper on the Emergency Services Squad before transferring to the Bomb Squad in 2000 where he became a certified bomb technician. Major Liebig continued to serve on the squad as the Sergeant and Captain and continues to remain involved in bomb squad activities regionally through the Mid America Regional Council. In 2016 Major Liebig became one of only 35 Internationally Certified Post Blast Investigators in the world at the time.

In 2007 after being promoted to Sergeant, Major Liebig supervised in Patrol, Juvenile Investigation Unit and Traffic Unit before being promoted to Captain in 2011. As Captain, Major Liebig managed Patrol Shifts, Dispatch, Detention, and the Special Operations Unit. In 2019 he was promoted to Major and began managing the Operations Division. Major Liebig is now assigned as the Administration Division Commander.

Major Liebig also served in the U.S. Army Reserve for fourteen years, including one deployment during Operation Desert Storm and leaving service at the rank of Sergeant First Class. Major Liebig holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and Leadership and a Masters in Liberal Arts/Management.


Major Curt Mansell

Image of Major Curt MansellMajor Curt Mansell has served the City of Lee’s Summit, MO since 1991.  Prior to that, he was a Police Officer with the City of Liberty, MO.  Major Mansell has served in numerous capacities throughout the department.  Curt was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2000, Captain in 2007 and Major in 2008 where he served as the Patrol Division Commander.  He currently serves as the Division Commander of the Uniform Patrol Division.

Before beginning his law enforcement career, Major Mansell graduated from Central Missouri State University with a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.  He is a 2007 graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and in 2012 graduated from the 250th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.  He is a member of the Missouri Police Chief’s Association; the Metropolitan Police Chief’s Association and has been a Lee’s Summit resident since 1991.

Major Nicole Walters

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Major Nicole Walters has served with the Lee’s Summit Police Department since 2002.  She attended the 117th Kansas City Regional Police Academy and graduated as Valedictorian.Major Walters attended Saint Francis University and graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. She also attended the University of Central Missouri and graduated in 2002 with a Master’s degree in Sociology.

Major Walters is a graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command of Northwestern University’s Center of Public Safety and is a past president of the Lee’s Summit Police Officer’s Association.

She began her career in the patrol division as a uniformed officer. In 2007 she was selected to serve in the Juvenile Investigations Unit. She then spent time in the Special Investigations Unit and was selected to be a member of the Jackson County Drug Task Force.

In 2013, she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served in both the Patrol Operations Division and Administration Division. She attended The FBI’s Hazardous Devices School to serve as a certified Bomb Technician and currently serves as the Commander for the department's Bomb Squad.

In 2019 she was promoted to the rank of Captain and in 2020 was promoted to the rank of Major and currently serves as the Criminal Investigations Division Commander.

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The Lee’s Summit Police Department believes that our success depends on our unique bond with our community.  It is through this relationship that citizens and officers work together to  actively reduce crime and address shared community issues. Each officer is hired with this in mind and is dedicated to fulfilling our mission.