Bears announce front office changes

CHICAGO -- Recent turnover in the Chicago Bears’ scouting department led the organization to announce the promotions of Kevin Turks to director of pro personnel and Dwayne Joseph to associate director of pro personnel, plus the hiring of scout Ryan Kessenich on Monday.

Turks, an 11-year veteran of the Bears front office, replaces Chris Ballard, who recently left to assume the position of director of player personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Joseph, a former Bears cornerback, is in his second stint with the club's front office after also spending eight years as a pro scout for the Miami Dolphins.

Kessenich was added to the mix after another long-time Bears scout, Ted Monago, left to join the St. Louis Rams organization.

Both Ballard and Monago received promotions and a substantial increase in pay from their new employers.

Kessenich served as an area scout for the Chiefs from 2009-2012.