TALKING KANSAS CITY'S TOP COP TODAY!!!
Tonight is the one and only chance for local loudmouths to ask questions of Kansas City's next Top Cop.
KCPD Deputy Chief Darryl Forté seems to lead the pack but there's no telling what can happen behind closed doors.
The most interesting part of this process has been the fact that it was hard finding an affirmative action white candidate to qualify and throughout the process . . .
THE LEADING CANDIDATES HAVE ALL BEEN PEOPLE OF COLOR!!!
There has been a long standing movement to select an African-American Police Chief in Kansas City. What's nice is that in this case this selection process hasn't been about tokenism or quotas but really a question of community sentiment and looking at the most qualified people for the job.
Strangely, the movement for an out of town candidate was almost solely confined to the Internets and maybe one reactionary column from The Star's token "conservative" who didn't seem to know much about the dept. It's doubtful that anybody will speak of the notion in public.
So . . . Like it or not, tonight on The Paseo . . . Kansas City moves one step closer to making history.
Check the presser:
Public Invited To Question Finalists For Police Chief Position
The public will get the chance to interview the candidates for the next chief of police of Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 6.
The community is invited at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, to the auditorium of Paseo Academy, 4747 Flora, for an open forum with the five finalists for Kansas City, Missouri, police chief.
The forum will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees will be invited to submit questions to the candidates in writing.
The five finalists for the chief position are:
KCPD Deputy Chief Darryl Forté
KCPD Deputy Chief Kevin Masters
Retired KCPD Deputy Chief Vincent Ortega
Fayetteville, N.C., Chief of Police Thomas Bergamine
Rochester, N.Y., Executive Deputy Chief George E. Markert.
Immediately after the public forum, the Board of Police Commissioners will meet in closed session.
The Board also will conduct closed interviews with the finalists Oct. 5 and 6.