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New Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey will have final draft say

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

In a span of two weeks, the Kansas City Chiefs have blown up and rebuilt their entire front office.

It is an extreme makeover, and the final piece of the puzzle finally fell into place.

The Chiefs introduced longtime Packers executive John Dorsey as their new general manager Monday, turning over a team that was 2-14 to one of the men responsible for building Green Bay into a consistent winner.

Dorsey takes over for Scott Pioli, who parted ways with Chiefs owner Clark Hunt after four tumultuous seasons. Hunt announced that Dorsey had been hired on Saturday night, while the Packers were playing the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC playoffs.

Dorsey interviewed for six hours last Monday, the same day that Hunt announced former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid as the team's new coach.

Dorsey became the sixth general manager in franchise history, but the third in the last six years.

In a news conference, Dorsey described the Chiefs post as a dream job. He said he knows he will have a tight-knit, productive relationship with Reid. The two men worked together in Green Bay.

Dorsey said the Chiefs organization would work together to make draft choices, but he said the final decision would rest with him.

"This is a terrific opportunity for me and my family," Dorsey said. His wife has been working from their home for a prominent Kansas City-based law firm. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas.

"The Chiefs are a remarkable franchise with a great fan base, and I'm excited to join the team and community," Dorsey said. "I want to thank Clark and the entire Hunt family for the chance to help lead this franchise. I'm looking forward to working with Coach Reid to put together a product that Chiefs fans can be proud of for years to come."

During the news conference, Dorsey declined to give a time frame for the Chiefs to have a winning season. He said he had met with the entire personnel office Monday morning and was already plunging into work related to free agency.

"This is a challenge I could not turn down," he said about his departure from the Packers, adding that he now has the dream job at the perfect time and the dream wife.

Hunt expressed his satisfaction with the addition of Dorsey to his team and Dorsey's wife to the Chiefs community.

"John's outstanding track record as a talent evaluator and his experience helping to build a successful organization make him an ideal choice for our next general manager," Hunt said. "He is a respected player personnel executive and a person of high integrity who I believe will work very well with Coach Reid. I'm excited to have both John and Andy on board to build our football team."

Hunt described his ideal GM candidate last week as someone who's a sharp talent evaluator.

"I'd like someone who's been part of a successful program from a talent standpoint. Someone who's a good communicator, a good manager and last but really not least, someone who will work well with Andy," Hunt said.

Hunt's words describe Dorsey, a linebacker for the Packers in the 1980s.

Dorsey was instrumental in helping build Green Bay into a perennial contender, first as a college scout from 1991-97 and then as director of college scouting from 1997-98 — a period that roughly coincided with Reid's time as a Packers assistant coach.

Dorsey spent one season with the Seattle Seahawks before returning to Green Bay, where he was director of college scouting from 2000-12 and director of football operations this season.

During that time, the Packers have won six division titles, a conference championship and the 2010 Super Bowl. They've also made nine playoff appearances in the past 12 seasons.

So who better to ask about the relationship between the new head coach and general manager than Carl Peterson, the man in charge during the most successful stretch in Chiefs history.

"Well, he's a consummate football player personnel scout guy. He's done it all his life, and he's  been a major, major factor in the success of the Green Bay Packers," Peterson said.

Hunt and Reid both insisted the coach will not have final say on personnel decisions, and the general manager will be responsible for building a winning roster.

Dorsey will report directly to Hunt, just as Pioli and other GMs have in the past. But during a massive overhaul of the Chiefs' front office, the chairman said he's altering the organizational structure so Reid also reports directly to him.

In the past, Chiefs coaches always reported to the general manager.

"I'm happy to be working with John again," Reid said. "I've known John for a long time, and I have a lot of respect for him. He is a talented individual with a strong work ethic. He will be a great addition to the Chiefs organization."

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.)  All rights reserved.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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