City Manager Robert Layton on Friday announced Gordon Ramsay as Wichita’s next Chief of Police. Ramsay is currently the chief in Duluth, Minnesota.
During a morning news conference at City Hall, Layton cited Ramsay’s almost 10 years of experience as a chief, his leadership and vision, his commitment to community policing, his work implementing body cameras, and his strategic planning background among other professional accomplishments.
Ramsay, who will earn $170,000 annually, starts on Jan. 28. He will manage a nearly $82 million budget and supervise 836 employees in the state’s largest police department.
“We needed the right leader for the future, and I believe we have achieved that with Gordon,” Layton said at the news conference, which was attended by Mayor Jeff Longwell, other City Council Members and several stakeholders who participated in the search.
Ramsay has been the chief in Duluth since 2006. He’s been a police officer there for 22 years. He has extensive experience in community policing. 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, Duluth 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).
“I am humbled and beyond excited to have been chosen for this position and can't wait to begin working with department and community members as their police chief,” Ramsay said. “The potential to make a difference seems limitless.
Ramsay was one of two finalists for WPD Chief along with Jeffery Spivey, Assistant Chief of Police in Irving, Texas since 2011. The search process produced 62 applicants and seven semifinalists, 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.
The City’s top law enforcement job has been open since September 2014 when Norman Williams retired after nearly 40 years in the department. Nelson Mosley has served as WPD’s Interim Chief the past 15 months.