Is it greed? Is he sick of the liberal politics of Duluth? Will we ever know? How long will it be before Donnie Ness and his beard move to Wichita?

Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay leaving to take job in Kansas
By News Tribune Today at 11:03 a.m.

Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay has been named the next police chief of Wichita, Kansas, the city of Wichita announced this morning.ramsay_gordon2_0
“We needed the right leader for the future, and I believe we have achieved that with Gordon,” City Manager Robert Layton said in a news release, noting Ramsay’s commitment to community policing and his experience in implementing body cameras in Duluth.

Ramsay will begin work in Wichita on Jan. 28 and earn $170,000 a year, the city announced.

“I am humbled and beyond excited to have been chosen for this position and can’t wait to begin working with department and community members as their police chief,” Ramsay said in a news release. “The potential to make a difference seems limitless.”

Ramsay has been chief of the Duluth Police Department since 2006 and was one of two finalists for the Wichita job, which had been open since September 2014.

The Duluth Police Department has scheduled a news conference for 12:30 p.m. today regarding the future of the city’s police chief position.

Ramsay, 43, said earlier this month that “the thought of leaving here is bittersweet. I grew up in Duluth, have deep, deep roots here and look forward to coming to work at DPD every day. I am very proud of where Duluth PD is today. …

“A lot of the policing issues facing Wichita match my skill set and passions that we have been successful in addressing. Wichita is a friendly, welcoming community that has captivated my interest and offers new challenges.”

In Duluth, Ramsay has led a department with about 180 employees and a $20 million budget for 2015.

Wichita is a city of more than 382,000 residents about 800 miles southwest of Duluth; its police department, the largest in Kansas, has a budget of about $82 million and more than 830 employees.

Ramsay is a 22-year police officer, and past president of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, among a host of other leadership roles he’s held throughout his career.

A Duluth East graduate, Ramsay holds law enforcement and management degrees from the University of Minnesota Duluth and College of St. Scholastica, respectively.

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