Duluth's police chief vying for job in Wichita, Kansas


Duluth may have to replace its top cop soon – the city of Wichita, Kansas, has its eye on Police Chief Gordon Ramsay.

The long-serving Ramsay is one of two people up for the job of Wichita Chief of Police, which he'll be going to this month for a very unusual interview.

According to the city of Wichita, Ramsay – who's been the chief since 2006 – will meet the citizens he might end up serving at a Dec. 16 public forum with fellow finalist Jeffery Spivey, who's been the assistant police chief of Irving, Texas, since 2011.

The city says the two will also be going through "final panel interviews."

The candidates will take questions from members of the audience; some of those will have been submitted in advance, while others will come from the "floor" during the event, the release says.

The city says "community engagement" has been an important part of the vetting process, which looked at 62 applicants and narrowed them down to seven semifinalists before landing on Ramsay and Spivey.

Why Ramsay?

Among his many accomplishments listed by the release are his 22 years of police service, multiple law enforcement awards, and community outreach efforts, having worked with "diverse groups" like NAACP "to create Duluth’s first police civilian review board."

He's got some serious competition in Spivey, though; the 28-year police veteran has himself won numerous awards and also led outreach efforts similar to Ramsay's, including helping to "create a natural pipeline of minority applicants from the community to the police department."

If Ramsay gets the job, he'll find himself leading a police force and protecting a community many times larger than what he's used to – Duluth's P.D. has around 200 employees, and the city has over 86,000 residents. According to the release, Wichita Police have 836 employees and the city is home to 382,368 people.

The city has been served by an interim chief since the retirement of its former chief last year. City Manager Layton expects to hire the replacement by the end of this year.

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