Two finalists have been announced in the filling of the position of Chief of Police for the Wichita Police Department (WPD), a position that has been open since September of last year. Both finalists have extensive law enforcement experience.
Gordon Ramsay has been Chief of Police in Duluth, Minnesota since 2006. Serving 22 years as a police officer, Ramsay has won multiple awards and is the head of a department with a budget of $25 million and more than 200 employees. Ramsay has extensive experience in community policing as well as relationship building; working with diverse groups such as African-American Men’s Group, American Indian Commission, NAACP and Native Alliance to create the city’s first police civilian review board.
Ramsay has led the Department to receive high marks from residents in recent surveys, and to receive recognition from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in both 2012 and 2013 for community policing efforts. Ramsay has served as 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).Ramsay also graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2005.
Jeffery Spivey has served as Assistant Chief of Police in Irving, Texas since 2011. With a 28-year career in law enforcement, Spivey has won multiple awards Spivey began as a patrol officer, and later served in investigations and narcotics. He served as division command of patrol and technical services and as Assistant Chief in charge of field operations and administrative services bureaus. More recently, Spivey has led technology acquisitions including body-worn cameras, software for predictive policing, facial recognition and e-citation. He has developed and currently teaches a program which is designed to reshape the culture of law enforcement. Focused on building relationships and trust in the community, Spivey serves as chairman of the Citizen’s Training Advisory Board and holds quarterly meetings with the Cultural Advisory Committee. Spivey Also played a key role in developing a nationally-recognized law and public service curriculum for the local school district, helping to create a natural pipeline of minority applicants from the community to the police department. Spivey has a master’s degree in criminal justice leadership and management from Sam Houston State University (2011) and a bachelor’s degree of applied arts and science from Midwestern State University (2007). He graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2013.
The hire of a Police Chief is expected before the end of the year, but a few steps remain in the process. Final panel interviews will be held, as well as a public forum. The public forum is scheduled for Dec. 14 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Century II Convention Hall. Attendees will be able to ask the candidates questions. The public can also submit in advance questions to be asked by a moderator. Questions can be submitted at www.activate-wichita.com and www.wichita.gov.