Public meets police chief candidates at forum

WICHITA, Kansas – The city held a public forum Monday evening to meet Chief of Police finalists.

KSN is asking for records of both candidates.

Terri Moses, a former Wichita Police Deputy Chief, told KSN she would be willing to have her records released during her time on the force.

“I would be,” said Moses, who is currently head of security for the USD 259 school district. “But, I will let the lawyers and management decide if that is appropriate.”

So far, managers have said “no” to releasing the records of Moses while with the Wichita Police Department.

A city communications member, Van Williams, told KSN to contact one of the city attorneys, “We did”.

Another member of the communications team reached out to KSN about releasing records of Terri Moses, who worked for WPD for 32 years.

“The city has an obligation to protect the confidential personnel records of our employees,” Strategic Communications Director Ken Evans told KSN. “That a current or former employee chooses to do with their own personnel records is up to them.”

Both candidates did say they are not on the Brady Giglio list of officers that would be prevented from testifying in court.

Brady Giglio list members included former Wichita Police chief Norman Williams who made the list for not filling out paperwork timely at one point in his career.

Both candidates Fitzgerald and Moses said today, there is nothing in their service records that would prevent them from being a qualified chief in Wichita.

Wichita City Manager Robert Latyon has said both finalists have been fully vetted.

“We have two really good candidates here,” Layton told KSN.

The two candidates are Joel Fitzgerald, Sr., Chief of Police in Allentown, PA; and Terri Moses, the Executive Director of Safety Services for Wichita Public Schools. The finalists, who were announced more than a week ago, have extensive law enforcement experience and professional accomplishments, according to the City of Wichita web site:

  • Fitzgerald, the Allentown Police Chief since December 2013, also served as Chief of Police in Missouri City, Texas from 2009-2013. He served as the Commanding Officer for a narcotics unit in Philadelphia, where he began his law enforcement career in 1992. In Philadelphia, he held leadership roles in drug investigation, community policing and patrol. He has a bachelor’s degree (Villanova University), a master’s degree (Eastern University) and a doctorate degree (Northcentral University).
  • Moses, the head security staffer for Wichita public schools, is a former Deputy Chief with the Wichita Police Department (WPD). She served more than 32 years in the WPD. In addition to serving as a WPD Deputy Chief from 1995 – 2013, Moses served the WPD as a Captain, Lieutenant, Detective and Field Officer. She has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Wichita State University.

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