February 21, 2014

Two captains promoted to Wichita police deputy chief jobs

Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams on Friday announced the promotion of two of his captains to deputy chief positions.

Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams on Friday announced the promotion of two of his captains to deputy chief positions.

Hassan Ramzah will command investigations. John Speer will head support services, which includes the budget.

The two received standing ovations in a brief ceremony with their families and colleagues at City Hall on Friday afternoon.

They will join Deputy Chief Nelson Mosley, who oversees the department’s patrol bureaus.

In a statement, Williams said the promotions followed an “extensive interview process.”

Ramzah, 50, said he was honored to become deputy chief and said he realized there were a number of strong candidates for the two positions.

Speer, 48, thanked his colleagues and joked that after responding to some of the city’s most high-profile crimes, he will be working on something not so dramatic – the department’s budget.

According to bios the department released on the two men, Ramzah began working at the department in July 1990 after serving in the U.S. Army.

Speer joined the department in August 1987, also after serving in the Army.

With the department, Ramzah has been a detective, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. As a supervisor, he has worked in patrol, community affairs, financial crimes, night investigations, training and field services.

“Deputy Chief Ramzah is a creative thinker and dedicated worker,” Williams said in the statement.

Ramzah has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Southwestern University and a master’s of business administration degree from Wichita State University.

He has been a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2011, he was named the Big Brothers Big Sisters “Bigs in School” Mentor of the Year. He is an executive board member with Real Men – Real Heroes and is a Wichita Children’s Home board trustee. He is an adjunct professor at Wichita State University and Wichita Area Technical College.

Speer has been a narcotics detective, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. He was one of the first members of the Special Community Action Team. As a supervisor, he has worked in patrol, Special Community Action Team, night investigations, Gang Felony/Assault Section and Professionals Standards Bureau.

Williams said Speer is “a tremendous professional who demonstrates compassion and an enthusiasm for police work and the community.”

Speer has a bachelor of management degree from Southwestern College and a master’s of public administration degree from Wichita State.

Speer’s civic awards include the 2013 City of Wichita Excellence in Public Service Award and the 2005 Wichita Business Journal 40 Under 40 award.

Speer is a graduate of the Leadership Wichita 2008 class and the 2012 Leadership Kansas class. He is a board member of the Wichita Municipal Federal Credit Union.

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