Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Chief Corwin Retires, Interim Chief is a Familiar Face

Deputy Chief Cheryl Rose
Many south Kansas City residents know Deputy Chief Cheryl Rose, of the Kansas City Police Department. She commanded the South Patrol Division, attends neighborhood events regularly and has strong ties to the area – she grew up here and graduated from Hickman Mills High School.

Now, she’ll serve her community and the department as Interim Chief of Police.
The Board of Police Commissioners last week appointed the 24-year veteran of the department, who has risen through the ranks from street crimes to robbery to internal affairs to become the commander of the South Patrol Division and the Administration Bureau.
“I was very humbled the board chose me to serve in this capacity until a permanent replacement for retired Chief James Corwin can be selected,” Rose said.
Corwin, who retired on Sept. 16 after 32 years with the department, leaves a vacancy that the Board hopes to fill by mid-October. At several public hearings on what the department should look for in a new chief, multiple members of the community – including Sixth District Councilman John Sharp – said the candidate should be from Kansas City.
“This is one of the most important decisions we’ll make in the next 10 years,” Sharp said, “and I feel very strongly that person needs to be a member of the Kansas City community…I want the next chief to know where Ruskin is.”
Others who spoke at the public hearings urged the Board to select a chief who believed in community policing and has a strong record of experience in dealing with homicide and other violent crimes.
Of the five finalists the board ultimately selected, three are from within the KCPD’s ranks and two are from out-of-state. The finalists 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.
The Board conducted closed interviews with the finalists on Sept. 18, and will do so again on Oct. 5 and 6.
The public will get its chance to meet the finalists and ask questions at a public hearing on Oct. 6, but the time and location has yet to be announced. Keep an eye on the city’s department’s web site at www.kcmo.org/police. 
In the meantime, Rose said she’ll hold down the fort until a new chief is selected.
“I’m just honored to be in this position,” she said. “I plan to give it my all and do the best I can.”

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