Politics & Government

Candidates for Wichita police chief narrowed to five finalists

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell (April 14, 2015)
Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell (April 14, 2015) File photo

Mayor Jeff Longwell announced on Thursday that the candidates for Wichita’s next police chief have been whittled to five finalists.

The list will be cut to two before their names are revealed. City officials hope to select the next chief sometime next month.

While there’s no formal timetable to naming the finalists, “We expect to get it down to two shortly,” city spokesman Ken Evans said.

City officials aren’t releasing the names of the five finalists at the recommendation of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which is serving as a consultant in the search for Wichita’s next police chief, Evans said. There is concern that finalists could face repercussions in their current positions should word get out that they have applied in Wichita.

Evans would not say if or how many of the five finalists are local law enforcement officials.

Once the list is trimmed to two, a series of public engagement sessions will be scheduled. Officials have said they want substantial public input on who the next police chief should be.

“We need to find the right person,” Evans said.

Nelson Mosley has been serving as interim chief following the retirement last September of Chief Norman Williams.

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