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Men with Wichita ties appointed to head task force on racial profiling

A former Wichita police chief and a Wichita business-man have been appointed co-chairs of the Governor's Task Force on Racial Profiling.

Gov. Mark Parkinson ap-pointed Mike Watson, former Wichita police chief and Curtis Whitten,  co-chairs today.

Watson of Milford spent more than 32 years in law en-forcement in Kansas. He is a member and past president of the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as a member of the Kansas Peace Officers Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Whitten of Wichita has more than 17 years of security and investigative experience. He is  president and director of business development at Vend Tech Enterprise in Wichita.

"The safety and security of Kansans is paramount, and that includes protecting citizens from breaches of their personal rights," said Parkinson.

He also appointed members Sheriff Dean Bush, Paula Flo-res, Rep. Delia Garcia, Pastor Virgil Horn Jr., Clyde Howard, Herman Jones and Rep. Mel-ody McCray-Miller. Also appointed were Mike Padilla, Shala Perez, Wilma Sanders, Susanna Valdovinos, Jabari Wamble and Rep. Valdenia Winn.