The five candidates seeking the Kansas City police chief's job have more than 140 years of law enforcement experience combined, says the Kansas City Star. Three are local career police officers while two are from smaller agencies back East. The newspaper profiled the local finalists, all of whom had their eyes on “something bigger” even when they were young officers, said former Police Chief Steve Bishop.
Darryl Forte, 49, is a well-liked 26-year veteran and deputy chief since 2006. He has a reputation for being level-headed and spent 6½ years in homicide and violent crimes. Kevin Masters, 49, is a 26-year veteran who became a deputy chief in 2002. He's been mentored by three previous chiefs and has overseen all five of the department's bureaus. Vince Ortega, 56, served two years as a deputy chief and 30 years with the department before retiring in 2006. He works for Jackson County's anti-drug program, COMBAT. Board members will interview the local candidates Sunday and the outside candidates Oct. 5 and 6. Whoever succeeds retiring Chief Jim Corwin will lead a department of 1,400 officers and 600 civilians.