Jim Corwin, who was sworn in yesterday as police chief of Kansas City, has the ability to juggle family, work, and community service, says the Kansas City Star. The city’s police board chose Corwin, 48, to lead the 1,900-member department after Rick Easley retired last month. Corwin, a 25-year department veteran, was a deputy chief and won the top job over two other deputy chiefs and an outside candidate. He will make $125,000 a year, plus benefits.
His wife, Glenda, who travels frequently in her work for Federal Express, says, “Jim has had to balance career and home just like many working mothers have to. He was a renaissance man before being a renaissance man was a cool thing.” There were nights, Jim Corwin said, when his wife was out of town and he got called into work for a tactical operation. “I’d have to call my mother or mother-in-law in the middle of the night. There were nights I dragged them (the children) to the car in their pajamas.” Jim Corwin said his wife’s job has exposed him to the world market and leaders of top companies. “There are things we can learn from the business world here at the Police Department. I don’t just see the Police Department as just a city department. We need to pay attention to our role in the bigger picture.”