KCKPD Chief Search



The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas is searching for the next Chief of Police for the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department. This position will require extensive public safety knowledge and a proven ability to work with a proudly diverse community. The next Chief must be innovative and bold as the community and Police Department work together to build on our successes and overcome any challenges. The Unified Government will conduct a thorough recruitment process, including engaging the community, to ensure the best candidate is selected.

The Unified Government has engaged a search firm to recruit applicants and conduct preliminary evaluations, which has been narrowed to the top candidates. The profiles of the top candidates will be shared with the community in early April 2021. An assessment center – recognized as a best practice for the recruitment of public safety executives – will measure interpersonal skills, communication, problem-solving, leadership, and other necessary criteria for a successful Police Chief. Community and business leaders will be included in the assessment center to evaluate candidate performance in mid-April 2021.

At the conclusion of the assessment center, finalists will give a presentation to the Board of County Commissioners on April 15, 2021 and the public is invited to listen in and meet the candidates. More details on the public meet-and-greet will be available soon.

For updates on the Police Chief search, check this page often or send an email to chiefsearch@wycokck.org

News Release 

4/12/2021 UG Selection of New Police Chief Advances to Final Stages(PDF, 527KB)

4/15/2021 Unified Government Advances Four Candidates for Police Chief(PDF, 618KB)



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Public Meetings

Task Force on Police & Community Relations Report to Commission
Members of the Task Force on Community & Community Relations provided a report on their finding and recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners during a Special Session on December 3, 2020. To view a recording of this public meeting, click on the video below.

Task Force on Police & Community Relations
On November 17, members of the Task Force on Community & Police Relations joined together to answer questions and provide feedback to County Administrator Doug Bach regarding the KCKPD Chief search process, desired outcomes, and the skills they believe high quality candidates should possess.  To view a recording of this public meeting, click on the video below.