Wichita Police Department Chief Search

Search Overview

The City of Wichita has begun the search for the next Chief of the Wichita Police Department. Here is an overview of the search process that will be taking place over the coming months.

  • The City has hired Public Sector Search & Consulting (PSSC), an executive search firm, to oversee the search process.
  • A Review Committee made up of diverse community members has been convened to ensure representation throughout the search process, aid City staff, and interview candidates vetted by PSSC.
  • The search process will feature robust public engagement, with residents and internal/external stakeholders providing input via a series of focus groups, a community survey, and open dialogue on Forum, the City's online public engagement platform.
  • PSSC will collect, collate and review feedback to support the creation and development of a WPD Chief of Police Position Profile, which will be posted to begin recruitment efforts.
  • The Review Committee will review applicants and recommend semifinalist candidates for interview.
  • After initial interviews are completed, the Review Committee will advise the City Manager on final candidates for consideration, further interviews and final approval.
  • The search process is anticipated to be complete by fall 2022.


Community Engagement

As part of the search and selection process for the next Police Chief for the City of Wichita, PSSC sought input from the community via a survey that was offered in English and Spanish. The survey closed on July 5 and feedback will inform the WPD Chief of Police position listing. 

Please continue to share your thoughts on Forum, the City's public engagement platform, through August 31.


​WPD Police Chief Search Review Committee

A Review Committee made up of diverse community members has been convened to ensure representation throughout the search process, aid City staff with front-end processes, and interview candidates vetted by Public Sector Search & Consulting (PSSC).

Click to learn more about the individual Review Committee members:


Timeline

Specific dates to be determined.

WPD Chief Search Opens

May 2022

  • Public Sector Search & Consulting hired to oversee nationwide executive search
  • Review Committee convened

Community Engagement

Late May-July 2022

  • Stakeholder meetings/Focus Groups
  • Community Survey
  • Community conversations on Forum

Nationwide Recruitment

Late June-Early August 2022

  • WPD Chief of Police Position Posted
  • Initial candidate screening

Candidate Review

August 2022

  • Initial candidates presented to Executive Leadership Team
  • Virtual panel interviews for semi-finalist candidates

In-Person Finalist Process

Early September 2022

  • Meet with Review Committee
  • City Council Engagement Meetings
  • Live Community Forum
  • Executive Team Meetings

Final Candidate Selection

Late September 2022

  • Final approval
  • Position offered and accepted
  • Public announcement