A public forum to meet Chief of Police finalists is scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today at Century II Convention Hall. Attendees will get an hour to hear from each candidate and ask questions, with City Manager Robert Layton serving as moderator.
Layton will also ask questions that residents earlier submitted to the City’s web site and Activate Wichita, an online public engagement site.
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:
• 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.
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. They are seeking to lead the state’s largest police department, which includes a nearly $82 million budget and 836 employees. Former WPD Chief Norman Williams retired in September 2014.