The City of Wichita is asking residents to provide further input on the hiring of the next Wichita Police Department Chief by submitting questions to the City’s website and Activate Wichita. The web addresses are www.wichita.gov and www.activate-wichita.com.
To post a question at Activate Wichita, please you will need to create an account at the site if you have not done so already. Residents may also ask questions at a Wichita Police Chief candidates’ forum scheduled from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31 at Century II’s Convention Hall.
The two candidates are Joel Fitzgerald, Sr., Allentown, PA Chief of Police; and Terri Moses, Wichita Public Schools, Executive Director of Safety Services. The finalists, who were announced by City Manager Robert Layton on Thursday, have extensive law enforcement experience and professional accomplishments:
Joel F. Fitzgerald, Sr., Allentown, PA, Chief of Police, since December of 2013. Fitzgerald also served as Chief of Police in Missouri City, Texas from 2009-2013. In addition, he served as the Commanding Officer for a narcotics unit in the City of Philadelphia, where he began his law enforcement career in 1992. In Philadelphia, he held leadership roles in drug investigation, community policing and patrol. Fitzgerald has a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, a master’s degree from Eastern University and a doctorate degree from Northcentral University.
Terri Moses, Executive Director of Safety Services for the Wichita Public School system and a former Deputy Chief with the WPD. Moses served more than 32 years in the WPD. In addition to serving as a WPD Deputy Chief from 1995 - 2013, Moses served various positions with the WPD from 1981-1995 including as Captain, Lieutenant, Detective and Officer. She has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Wichita State University.
The finalists were named after an extensive community engagement process following an organizational assessment conducted by Wichita State University’s Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs. The assessment and community engagement processes helped develop the job description to fill the City’s top law enforcement position.
The Police Chief manages a nearly $82 million budget and supervises 836 employees. The WPD is the largest police department in Kansas and serves a population base of more than 382,368 residents. Former WPD Chief Norman Williams retired in September 2014.