With an official handshake, Blecha, who currently serves as the KBI's Assistant Director for Field Investigations, will replace Larry Welch.Welch is retiring at the end of the month after serving as director since 1994.
"I want to personally thank Mr. Welch
"Publicly I want to thank Mr. Welch
years of service to the state."
After returning from Vietnam, Blecha served six terms as Sheriff of Republic County
.He joined the KBI as an agent in Hays in 1979 and in 1994 he relocated to Topeka as Supervisor of the KBI's Special Services Division.He
ready to get to work.