Birzer to inform selection of Wichita’s next police chief

Professor and School of Criminal Justice graduate coordinator Michael Birzer was recently appointed by the Wichita City Manager Robert Layton to serve on the committee to select Wichita’s next police chief. Birzer, a Wichita native and former law enforcement professional, teaches and specializes in the study of policing. His research agenda is specific to policing issues in urban communities.

Birzer says he is honored to serve on this important committee. This is the third major police chief selection committee Birzer has recently served on.

According to the City of Wichita’s chief search public website, “The review committee made up of diverse community members has been convened to ensure representation throughout the search process, aid City staff with front-end processes, and interview candidates vetted by Public Sector Search and Consulting.”

Birzer said a community-minded police executive committed to servant leadership is what he’d like to see in Wichita’s next police chief.