WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams is retiring after 39 years with the department. He made the announcement during the daily police briefing Thursday morning.
“I want to thank the residents of this community for allowing me to serve them as a law enforcement officer for nearly four decades,” Williams said. “I’m very grateful for the community support of the department and our many fine officers. It’s been a privilege to work with so many great public servants in the department, City government, partnering agencies, other stakeholder groups as well as elected officials.”
Williams began his career with the Wichita Police Department as a patrol officer in 1975. He won multiple department awards, including the Gold Wreath of Honor and six Bronze Wreaths of Merit. He was wounded twice in the line of duty, in 1977 and 1980.
He earned various promotions through his career, including Lieutenant, Captain and Deputy Chief. He was appointed Chief of Police in 2000.
During Thursday's briefing, Williams said he had been thinking about retirement for about a year but wanted to wait until his command staff was in place. His last day will be September 5.
Wichita City Manager Robert Layton said information regarding an interim or successor will be released at a later date.
Per information released by the City of Wichita, the police chief is responsible for managing a nearly $80 million budget and supervises approximately 840 employees. The WPD is the largest police department in the state of Kansas, serving a population base of about 382,000 residents and visitors.