Wichita names Interim Police Chief, will review WPD

Published On: Aug 22 2014 10:39:38 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 22 2014 09:00:44 PM CDT

Wichita City Manager Robert Layton has named Deputy Chief Nelson Mosley as Interim Police Chief of the Wichita Police Department.

Mosley takes over for Chief Norman Williams, who announced his retirement last week after 39 years with the WPD. Williams' retirement is effective September 5.

The city says Mosley will serve as Interim Police Chief while city leaders oversee the process of hiring a new chief. The city will also conduct an operational assessment of the department. That's assessment is expected to be finished by the end of this year.

“When a Police Chief retires, it provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate where the department has been and where it needs to go," Layton said in a press release. "As such, I am announcing an organizational assessment of the department – an assessment that will be completed prior to the selection of a new Chief."

The city says the assessment will review the Police Department’s mission and vision, identify its current strengths and weaknesses and develop a blueprint for its future. From this work, a job description for the new Police Chief will be prepared and the skill set needed to succeed in this position will be identified. Initially, it is anticipated that the assessment will focus on the following:

  • Current operational policies and procedures
  • Community and employee relations
  • Organizational structure
  • Safety and training programs
  • Community policing model
  • Use of technology
  • Communication and engagement activities
  • Interagency relations.

The effort will be coordinated by Deputy Police Chief John Speer, with assistance from Deputy Police Chief Hassan Ramzah. The city says the process will involve participation from the WPD’s command staff, FOP leadership, regional law enforcement officials, the District Attorney’s Office, the City’s Law Department, neighborhood and community leaders and other staff and community resources as needed. Where appropriate, current practices will be compared to best practices in other communities and performance data for comparable departments will be analyzed.

The Center of Urban Studies at the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs will assist with the research, engagement and report writing portions of the assessment. The final report is to be completed by December 31, 2014.

Mosley joined the department in February of 1987 and has served as a Police Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain and, in October of 2009, he was promoted to Deputy Police Chief.

He currently commands the Field Services Division (Patrol). As Interim Chief, Mosley will manage an $80 million budget and supervise about 840 employees.

Mosley received his Master of Science degree in Management as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management both from Friends University. He graduated from the 241st session of the FBI National Academy in June of 2010 and has received numerous awards throughout his law enforcement career to include the bronze wreath of merit, the distinguished service, the life saving, perfect attendance and safe driving awards and several certificates of appreciation.

In 2004 he was recognized by the Wichita Business Journal with the 40 under 40 award and was a member of 2006 Leadership Wichita class sponsored by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the East YMCA Advisory Board and coaches youth basketball. He is married and has five children.