City announces police chief finalists

Finalists announced for Wichita Police Chief position. Gordon Ramsay (l), Jeff Spivey (r).

WICHITA, Kansas – City Manager Robert Layton announced Friday that two finalists have been selected for the Wichita Police Department Chief of Police position which has been open since September 2014.

Both candidates will be in Wichita on December 14th and 15th. A public forum will be held at Century II on December 14th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. where the two candidates will answer questions submitted by the public in advance. There will also be time for questions from the floor.

If you have a question for the candidates, you can click here to submit them online at the City of Wichita website or at Activate-Wichita.com.

According to Layton, the search process produced 62 applicants and seven semifinalists. Layton said the search was part of an “extensive community engagement process that grew out of an organizational assessment conducted by Wichita State University’s Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs”.

“We need to get the right person here in Wichita who can address the issues,” said Layton.

Layton says the two finalists’ qualifications align well with the department’s organizational assessment. The assessment is made up of several recommendations from scholars at Wichita State and members of the community, to make significant changes to the Wichita Police Department.

Click here to read the full executive summary.
Click here to read the full executive summary.

These recommendations were made by Wichita State University’s Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs and faculty from WSU’s department of criminal justice.

The results of the report can be read at www.wichita.gov or by following these direct links:

Here is the information published by the City of Wichita about the two candidates:

Gordon Ramsay, Chief of Police, Duluth, Minnesota since 2006
LINK | Duluth Police Department bio page

Ramsay has been a police officer for 22 years, winning multiple awards. He heads a department with a $25 million budget and more than 200 employees. Ramsay has extensive experience in community policing and relationship building. He has worked with diverse groups including NAACP, American Indian Commission, Native Alliance, and African-American Men’s Group to create Duluth’s first police civilian review board. Under Ramsay’s leadership the department has received high marks from residents in recent surveys, as well as recognition from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in 2012 and 2013 for community policing efforts. He is past President of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association and immediate past General Chair of the Mid-Size Agency Section of IACP. He has a master’s degree in management from the College of St. Scholastica (2004) and a bachelor’s degree in criminology and sociology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth (1994). He graduated from the FBI National Academy (2005). Duluth, population 90,000, is the urban hub city of a metropolitan area of 280,000.

Jeffery Spivey, Assistant Chief of Police, Irving, Texas since 2011
LINK | Irving Police Department bio page

In his 28-year career in law enforcement, Spivey has won multiple awards while serving in diverse assignments of increasing responsibility. After starting as a patrol officer, he served in investigations and narcotics. He served as division command of patrol and technical services and as Assistant Chief in charge of field operations and administrative services bureaus. Among his recent duties, Spivey led technology acquisitions including body-worn cameras, and software for predictive policing, facial recognition, and e-citation. He developed and currently teaches a program designed to reshape the culture of law enforcement. Spivey has focused on building relationships and trust in the community, serving as chairman of the Citizen’s Training Advisory Board and holding quarterly meetings with the City’s Cultural Advisory Committee. He played a key role in developing a nationally-recognized law and public service curriculum for the local school district, which helped create a natural pipeline of minority applicants from the community to the police department. Spivey has a master’s degree in criminal justice leadership and management from Sam Houston State University (2011) and a bachelor’s degree of applied arts and science from Midwestern State University (2007). He graduated from the FBI National Academy (2013). Irving, population 228,653, is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

“They have both worked with body-worn camera policies and implementation, intelligence-based policing, extensive work in community policing, and also have both been involved in strategic planning inside a police department,” continued Layton.

“Because of their backgrounds, I think that you’re going to find they match up very well in those key areas,” he said. “Whether it’s implementation of body-worn cameras, whether it’s issues with transparency, issues dealing with communication in the community and community policing.”

Layton says the goal is still to have a chief announced before the end of 2015.

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