WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) – The City of Wichita has announced an interim chief to lead the police department later this month.

Former Deputy Chief Troy Livingston has been selected to serve as the interim chief of the Wichita Police Department effective September 27. Current Interim Chief Lem Moore will serve until September 30 to assist in the transition, the city said. 

“Troy Livingston is a great fit to serve the City as Interim Chief. He has an outstanding depth of experience and knowledge of the department," City Manager Robert Layton said. "His tested judgement and commendable experience at just about every level of leadership in the department, from officer to deputy chief, gives him a great perspective and understanding of the needs of the City and the department. He will be a strong, respected leader while the search for the permanent chief position is completed."

Livingston said, “I am looking forward to serving my community again, as well as preparing for a smooth transition for the new chief. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a lot of great progress accomplished for the City in the interim."

Moore announced his retirement last month. He's been with the Wichita Police Department for three decades and became the interim chief after Gordon Ramsay left the department on March 1.

“I also want to recognize and thank Interim Chief Moore for his many, many years of service and specifically for his leadership over the last several challenging months for the City," Layton said in a news release. "We wish him well.”

Back in May, the city hired a firm to search for the best permanent police chief candidates and narrow it down to a shortlist.

More about Livingston:

Livingston holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston and a master’s in both criminal justice and public administration from Wichita State University. He also attended the FBI National Academy’s 274th Session, graduated from the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute and graduated from the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, Class 381.