Law enforcement, firefighting job fair is Wednesday

Police and fire departments from Wichita and Kansas are holding a job fair Wednesday, hoping to attract recruits.

Wichita and Sedgwick County law enforcement and firefighting officials, along with the Wichita Workforce Center, are partnering for the first time in a joint recruitment effort.

The Wichita Police Department needs to fill 25 commissioned officer jobs, Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said Monday. It also needs to hire civilian employees for filing, record-keeping, evidence organization and other tasks.

The Wichita Fire Department needs to fill 12 to 15 firefighter positions, said Jose Ocadiz, a lieutenant with the department.

The job fair will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Wichita Workforce Center, 2021 N. Amidon, suite 1100.

Other agencies taking part are from Liberal, Dodge City, Derby, Andover, Hutchinson, Bel Aire, Arkansas City, Sumner County and Newton.

Acceptable candidates for law enforcement and firefighter jobs will eventually need to pass background checks, but no one wanting a job should hesitate to come to the job fair and explore possibilities, Livingston said.

Roy Wenzl: 316-268-6219, @roywenzl