Congratulations to Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams on his long and distinguished career, and best wishes for his upcoming retirement.
Williams announced Thursday that his last official day will be Sept. 5. It is difficult to imagine the Wichita Police Department without him.
Williams began his career with the department in 1975 and worked his way up the ranks, becoming police chief in 2000. He was wounded twice in the line of duty, in 1977 and 1980.
During Williams’ tenure as chief, the department received numerous honors for its community policing and public service. It successfully targeted gang violence and captured serial killer Dennis Rader. But there also were concerns about racial profiling and officer-involved shootings.
In announcing his retirement, Williams, Wichita’s first full-time African-American police chief, thanked his fellow officers, the community, the media and others for their help in making Wichita a safe community. The community thanks Williams for his 39 years of service.
For the editorial board, Phillip Brownlee