Mayor Jeff Longwell says both candidates for police chief are still in the running, but that the city is close to making a decision. The position has been vacant since September of last year.
The two candidates spoke at a public forum on Monday night. Gordon Ramsay, who is currently the police chief of Duluth, Minn., said it’s critically important to reduce the use of lethal force in modern policing.
Jeffrey Spivey, who is assistant police chief in Irving, Texas, talked about changing a popular mindset. He wants his officers to be seen as guardians in their communities, not aggressors.
Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell said during his weekly mayoral address that the city is still considering the two candidates, but that they’re close to making a job offer.
“There’s a couple of steps that we have to get finished before we finalize any kind of offer or contract. Both are great candidates and we think we’ll end up with a good police chief," Longwell said.
Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley has headed Wichita’s police department since Norman Williams retired after more than 14 years at the helm.
Original story aired Dec. 15, 2015, during Morning Edition: Public Hears From Wichita Police Chief Candidates At Community Forum
The two finalists in the latest search for the next chief of the Wichita Police Department answered questions at a public forum Monday night. The candidates were questioned about goals for the next five years, the militarization of police, and their thoughts on the need for a citizen's review board.