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One Lawrence police chief candidate drops out; remaining four finalists to meet public Thursday night at Carnegie Building

February 7, 2011, 12:53 p.m. Updated February 7, 2011, 3:45 p.m.

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A deputy police chief in Wichita has removed his name from the list of finalists for Lawrence police chief.

Tom Stolz, a deputy chief in Wichita

Tom Stolz, a deputy chief in Wichita

Tom Stolz said Monday that he had withdrawn his name from consideration, based mainly on the effect the state budget crisis is having on the prospect for teaching jobs. He said he visited with Lawrence and area school officials, who painted a bleak picture for being able to hire teachers in the next two years.

Stolz’s wife, who teaches in the Renwick district west of Wichita, has been in the profession for 24 years.

“After much thought and discussion, I will not ask my wife to give up her teaching tenure and career even to get what I deem to be the best chief of police job in the state of Kansas,” Stolz wrote in a letter to David Corliss, Lawrence’s city manager.

Stolz, who heads Wichita’s investigations division, was one of five finalists the city publicly identified in January. He said he notified Lawrence officials of his decision before Thursday’s interviews because he did not want the city to incur expenses on his behalf.

The remaining four finalists are Brian Jackson, a Lincoln, Neb., police captain; Mark Kessler, an Overland Park deputy chief; Tarik Khatib, Lawrence’s interim chief; and Clark Morrow, an Olathe police captain.

The city has been looking for a new police chief since Ron Olin, who led the department since 1987, retired from the city in September and became the director of security and internal controls at Kansas Athletics Inc.

The four candidates are scheduled to be in Lawrence Thursday, and members of the public can meet them during an open house from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Building, 200 W. Ninth St.

The candidates also are scheduled to tour Lawrence that day and interview with committees that include members of the public, city employees and other officials. Corliss said he expected to announce his choice for chief later this month.

After the open house, Corliss said members of the public are encouraged to provide confidential e-mail feedback to dcorliss@lawrenceks.org on the candidates, provided that the messages include the community member’s name and contact information in case any follow up conversation is needed.

Comments

Fatty_McButterpants 3 years, 8 months ago

Perhaps he withdrew because the people of Lawrence think they know how to do everyone else's job better? Or perhaps it's because the people of Lawrence want every little detail, of every investigation, disclosed to them as soon as LPD learns of it?

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notyourmom 3 years, 8 months ago

I'm with Fatty. I assumed we didn't live up to Tom's standards, not the other way around.

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Gene Ramp 3 years, 8 months ago

Based on my research Tarik Khatib is the best man for the job.

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Gene Ramp 3 years, 8 months ago

Based on my research Tarik Khatib is the best man for the job.

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Fatty_McButterpants 3 years, 8 months ago

Ohhh... so you want a witch hunt! I bet you and Joseph McCarthy would've gotten along quite well.

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Fatty_McButterpants 3 years, 8 months ago

Smitty, you think that everything the LPD does is either a cover-up or corruption, because of your friend Greg. Nothing you do or say is in the interests of equal enforcement.

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Crazy_Larry 3 years, 8 months ago

If no CRB, then buy personal video cameras for each and every cop. That would be a good step in the right direction towards transparency and accountablility from our police.

http://www.digitalallyinc.com/personal-camera.html

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lawrencerulz 3 years, 8 months ago

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Crazy_Larry 3 years, 8 months ago

If no CRB, then buy personal video cameras for each and every cop. That would be a good step in the right direction towards transparency and accountablility from our police.

http://www.digitalallyinc.com/persona...

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sr80 3 years, 8 months ago

i wonder if maricopa sheriff joe arpaio from arizona would be interested in this job?i think he would be great for some real controversy with the crb...

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 8 months ago

A review board would be good if only to enhance communications. As for the selection process it is a waste of time. Just a formality. He who exists will remain. The sevier case is a shame that will not soon be forgotten but it has nothing to do with the current selection process

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