Wichita police chief applies for open chief position in Austin, Texas

WPD Chief Gordon Ramsay has applied to lead the Austin, Texas Police Department.
WPD Chief Gordon Ramsay has applied to lead the Austin, Texas Police Department.(KWCH 12)
Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 3:33 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay is a candidate for the police chief position in Austin, Texas, the chief confirmed Thursday, June 17. Ramsay, with the WPD for five years, is reportedly one of 40 candidates for the Austin job.

Austin is near double the population size of Wichita’s metro area with a population of about 950,000. It’s the state capital of Texas and home to the University of Texas. The Austin City manager on Thursday said the city plans to interview two to three candidates in late July and early August before making a final decision on its next police chief.

Thursday afternoon, Ramsay released the following statement concerning his application for the Austin police chief position and his current job in Wichita.

“I am very happy living and working in Wichita, and this community has been very good to my family and me,” Ramsay said. “We have accomplished a lot together over the last five and a half years, and the decision to apply for this position was difficult, as I love Wichita, the WPD staff, and this community.”

Ramsay was appointed as Wichita Police Chief in January of 2016. He came to south central Kansas from Duluth, Minnesota where he served as police chief for nearly a decade.

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