Police Chief Williams celebrates retirement

WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police chief Norman Williams is retiring after almost 39 years with the force.

The chief’s final day was Friday and dozens came out to celebrate his career. The retirement party was complete with a cake thanking Williams for his service.

“He’s brought a level of commitment and leadership to this community that has helped us tremendously in good times and some very difficult times our community is better for him being a member of the police department.”

Despite the celebrated send off, Williams has been criticized by some in the community who say Williams has failed to build trust between the community and officers after a string of office involved shootings.

City Manager Robert Layton says at the end of the year there will be a study involving a community and internal review. Once completed, the search for a new police chief will begin.

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