Chief of Police
Wichita, KS

A national search is underway to attract a highly qualified candidate to lead the Wichita Police Department (WPD). With 397,532 residents, Wichita is the county seat of Sedgwick County and the most populated city in the state of Kansas. Wichita has a low cost of living, great weather, and excellent educational opportunities. Wichita seeks a visionary leader with a strong commitment to Wichita, who will effectively balance the need to have transparent and authentic relationships with both the Wichita community and members of the police department. The next police chief will have an opportunity to advance strategies to reduce crime, increase transparency, rebuild trust and improve public safety relationships in all neighborhoods within the City of Wichita. The most qualified candidate will not only be a decisive leader, but well-prepared to address an array of vital issues, including gun violence, community policing, department staffing, and the police department’s relationships with partner agencies. The WPD is the largest municipal police department in Kansas with an authorized staff of 910, which includes both commissioned officers and non-commissioned civilian employees. The new Chief will possess at least five years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience, including expertise in police management; or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Possession of a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field is required. A master’s degree is preferred, as is executive-level training such as the FBI National Academy, SMIP, NEI, or other recognized executive command program. Must be a certified peace officer or have the ability to obtain certification as required by the KSCPOST. Wichita has a residency requirement policy, although rare exceptions can be granted by the City Manager. This is an at-will position that serves at the pleasure of the City Manager. The current salary range for the position is $130,000 – $217,000 and subject to negotiation. An excellent benefits package will augment the salary. For optimal consideration, candidates are encouraged to apply by August 26, 2022, by submitting a comprehensive resume, compelling cover letter, and list of professional references via email to apply@publicsectorsearch.com. Brochure can be viewed at https://publicsectorsearch.com/recruitments/wichita/. Public Sector Search & Consulting will conduct preliminary interviews. Only the most highly qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the selection process in September 2022. After a selection has been made, an offer will follow, contingent on successful completion of the remainder of the city hiring process. The selected candidate will join the City of Wichita in October 2022 or at a mutually agreeable date. This position will be considered open until a final selection is made. Candidates should direct inquiries and questions regarding this position or the recruitment process to Public Sector Search & Consulting: Mr. Justin Doll – Office (916) 789.9990, Mobile (907) 748-5746, justin@publicsectorsearch.com or Mr. Gary Peterson, President/CEO – 916.622.5323 (mobile), gary@publicsectorsearch.com.