Kansas City police commissioners remain tight-lipped about their search for a new chief, but they hope to name the department’s new leader Friday, the Kansas City Star reports. The Board of Police Commissioners has interviewed deputy chiefs Jim Corwin and Vince Ortega and is expected to interview Deputy Chief George Roberts tomorrow. Three other applicants previously identified by the Star, all majors, confirmed that nobody from the board had contacted them for an interview. Board President Karl Zobrist said, “I’m assuming that we will reach a consensus when we sit down” tomorrow. He declined to say how many finalists the board has identified from 28 applicants. Zobrist has indicated commissioners were still considering at least one outside candidate.
Former Chief Rick Easley announced Aug. 10 he was leaving to take over the top post at the Metropolitan Crime Commission. A previous police board used a consulting firm to help with the selection and kept the process open. That board named a group of semifinalists and then three finalists before picking Easley in 1999. Former board member Joe Mulvihill said that the department was trying to improve its relations with the community and the media. “It turned out because of the openness, we ended up with a great chief,” he said. “Easley turned out to be great with the media and great with the department.”