Search firm decided new Wichita police chief lawsuit was 'immaterial' during hiring process
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The search firm that helped find Wichita's next police chief deemed that Joseph Sullivan's involvement in a lawsuit shouldn’t factor in his candidacy.
It was revealed that Sullivan, who was appointed as police chief earlier this week, was named in a lawsuit filed by a former Latino police officer in Philadelphia claiming discrimination.
The lawsuit was filed by Evelyn Cintron against the City of Philadelphia, Sullivan and the Philadelphia Police Athletic League. Clinton alleges that all three parties "engaged in racial and sex-based discrimination by failing to properly fund PAL facilities utilized by communities of color."
On Thursday, October 20, the City of Wichita received an email statement from Sharon E. Ulak, Esq., Philadelphia Deputy City Solicitor in regards to the lawsuit.
In the email she says that Cintron has produced no evidence to support her claims and that the City of Philadelphia's investigation found no wrong doing on the part of Sullivan.
The City of Wichita released a statement saying that the search firm was made aware of the lawsuit, but determined it was immaterial to his candidacy. The Spanish American Law Enforcement Association also praised Sullivan as a mentor for Latino commanders.
You can read the full statement from the city below.
"The professional search firm hired by the City was made aware of the lawsuit by Mr. Sullivan during the recruitment process but the search firm deemed it immaterial to his candidacy per a statement from the Philadelphia Chief Deputy City Solicitor Nicole Morris regarding the lawsuit that read, “The case is stalled in discovery, but that should not hurt Sullivan’s future employment as our investigation has not revealed any wrongdoing on his part.”
Further, Sullivan received contemporary support from the Philadelphia-based Spanish American Law Enforcement Association that included praise on Sullivan, writing, “Deputy Sullivan was a mentor for our Latino commanders and was vocal in encouraging Latino officers advancement within the rank and file. He treated his officers equally and acknowledged hard work.”
By virtue of his long, decorated record of service in law enforcement, the City has full faith in Joseph Sullivan’s ability to lead the Wichita Police Department with integrity, professionalism, and equity for all employees."