WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams announced his retirement Thursday morning.
Williams is stepping down after 39 years at the department.
His retirement is effective September 5th.
Williams wanted to thank the community for supporting the police department.
PHOTOS: Chief Williams announces his retirement (See Video Below)
“It has been a great journey. It has been a great opportunity. I want to thank the community members for everything they have done to make Wichita a safe community. I want to thank them for supporting the police department because without their support, there is no way we could have made the progress we have made,” said Williams.
Chief Williams thanked the force for all of their hard work throughout his tenure as chief.
“They have been the heart and soul of the Wichita Police Department. I am indebted to them,” said Williams.
Norman Williams began his career with the Wichita Police Department in 1975 as a patrol officer.
During his years with the police department, he moved up through the ranks, earning promotions to Lieutenant, Captain and Deputy Chief.
On April 14, 2000, he was appointed Chief of Police for the Wichita Police Department.
“Thirty nine years has been a long time. At the end of the day I’m tired. I’m tired, but I am leaving with joy in my heart and peace in my mind to know that there are better days ahead for me right now,” said Williams. “I get a chance to spend time with my family. I get a chance to avoid those 3 a.m. calls of police chases and homicides. I’m looking forward to it.”
In 2005, the Wichita Police Department, under the administration of Chief Williams, solved the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) homicides.
The investigation spanned over 30 years, but was solved in 11 months after BTK (Dennis Rader) resurfaced in March of 2004.
The video of the announcement is below.
During his time as chief, Williams was responsible for managing a $80 million budget and supervising 840 employees.
The Wichita Police Department is the largest police department in the State of Kansas and serves a population base of over 382,000 citizens and visitors.
Wichita City Manager Robert Layton said information regarding an interim or successor will be released at a later date.
The Fraternal Order of Police issued this statement on Williams retirement:
“The Fraternal Order of Police, Wichita, Lodge #5, wishes to congratulate Chief Norman Williams on his retirement. His tenure as head of our great Department will be long remembered and its effects felt for years to come,” said President Paul Zamorano.
Mayor Carl Brewer issued this statement on Williams retirement:
“Norman has done a great job and made many sacrifices serving this community for nearly four decades. He was always out in the community working with residents and children. I’ve known for months he was considering retiring. I wish him the best of luck and I know he will continue serving the community.”