Police Chief Ramsay leaving Wichita Police Department
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) – Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay announced on Friday that his time at the department is coming to an end, his last day will be March 1, 2022.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Wichita police chief. And it’s been an honor, and you know, a career highlight for me,” said Ramsay
What led to Ramsay’s decision?
He told KAKE News it all boiled down to family. In order to move from Duluth, Minnesota to Wichita, Ramsay’s entire family had to make sacrifices, and he realized that work was starting to cause some neglect with his wife and kids.
"I recognize that the days with my kids are numbered, because they're growing up so fast. As well, as you know, my wife gave up a lot to come here. And now it's going to be her turn for her career."
It’s been six years since Ramsay took the position, he says some of his proudest accomplishments are hiring more women, Latino and African American officers, as well as improving the department’s relationship with the community.
Though there have also been some struggles. Crime skyrocketed across the country during the pandemic and while violent crime in Wichita is down about 5% of the last year, Ramsay knows the next police chief will still have to work to do.
"when you think of the history of Kansas, and the reputation of Kansas back in the old western days, and that we beat the homicide rate, that goes back a significant amount of time that's concerning. So what's driving this? That's what needs to be discussed? I don't have the answers. All I know is that we need to start talking about this."
As for what’s next for the 28-year law enforcement veteran, Ramsay says, “there’s a lot of opportunities or some consulting opportunities. But I’m looking forward to just a little break and not doing anything for a little while.”
KAKE News has learned that the position of St. Louis County Sheriff might soon be open, which is Ramsay’s home county. When asked about this position he said, “You know, that's an exciting idea, you know, it excites me to think about it, but I have not made any decisions at this point.”
Wherever he works next, Ramsay says he will always be grateful for his time in Wichita and said while the department is much improved, he knows the next chief will still have work to do.
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay announced Friday that his last day with the department will be March 1, 2022.
Ramsay said in a memo that he is leaving the Wichita Police Department for the betterment of his family.
"I came here with a young family, and my family is still somewhat young," Chief Ramsay told KAKE's Eli Higgins. "And I recognize that the days with my kids are numbered, because they're growing up so fast... My wife gave up a lot to come here. Now it's going to be her turn, for her career."
Chief Ramsay posted the following on Facebook:
It is with deep appreciation and gratitude that I am announcing my last day with the Wichita Police Department will be March 1, 2022. It is not possible to thank everyone for their support and friendship over the last six years, but please know I am forever grateful. I will miss my friends from the community and am thankful for their outpouring of support and encouragement during my tenure. They have helped shape me in ways I could have never imagined - and I am better for it.My children are at an age where I want to share with them the same experiences I had growing up. As a youngster, I spent a lot of time fishing and hunting with my dad and I want to do the same with my kids. My dad turns 90 in a few weeks, has cancer and I would like to see him and my mom more often.I will profoundly miss working for our City and the Wichita Police Department that I believe is one of the greatest in the country. I am proud to wear the uniform. In collaboration with many community partners we have become a national leader policing in many areas and I am deeply proud of the advancements we’ve made together. Now is not the time to reflect fully on our many accomplishments as a department – there will be an appropriate time and place in the days ahead for that.- as well as to consider the many opportunities for improvement that this great City can work toward.For now, I want to express my gratitude for the honor of serving as the Wichita Police Chief for the last six years which will make me the fifth longest serving police chief in the City’s history. I had some of the most rewarding times of my 28 year career and have served with some of the finest and hardworking individuals in the nation. I will be ever thankful for all those in the department who work so hard to serve our City. While we are one of the leanest staffed major city departments in the country, I am amazed at what our staff accomplishes given this fact.Finally, I want to thank the members of the Wichita Police Department. You take pride in coming to work every day to serve our community in a very challenging and difficult time. I hope you know how much I respect and love you all for all you do to protect our community and keep it safe.Thank you for the privilege of serving as your police chief.Gordon
The chief did not state his future career plans.
Ramsay came to Wichita in 2016 from Duluth, Minnesota. He has been an officer since 1993.