- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita is reopening its search for the city’s next police chief.

City Manager Robert Layton said Monday the job had been offered to Joel Fitzgerald, Jr., the police chief of Allentown, Pennsylvania. But he is also a finalist for police chief in Fort Worth, and Layton says Fitzgerald “expressed a stronger commitment” to that vacancy than the job in Wichita.

That left as finalist Terri Moses, a former Wichita deputy police chief who now is executive director of safety services for the Wichita schools. But Layton says community groups want someone with a “new and different perspective.”

Wichita has the state’s largest police department with 836 employees and an $82 million budget.

Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley has been overseeing the department since Norman Williams retired a year ago.

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