Chief Corwin will retire in September and the Kansas City Police Department will need a new police chief. What kind of qualifications and qualities should the new KCPD chief have?
A steady record of skill in day to day policing. He/she should not have been too far from the streets these past years. No RMFs.
Improvement in performance of whatever division/department they have been in charge of in the recent past. No one who just "held the fort."
A history of innovation and introducing new ideas, concepts and changes in department culture.
A total dislike of criminals of all colors and no history of coddling them with political correctness.
An empty disciplinary jacket.
A thick skin, willing to listen to the whining of various groups who think they are entitled, but really aren't.
I don't see anything about color, sex, race, etc. etc. Just find the best person for the job that you can get.
I would go outside the department in my search and be very open to new blood, someone who can, after an appropriate assessment period (usually you wait at least six months to make changes in an organization if you are taking leadership from outside the company), make any needed changes. I mean if there is someone inside who is the best choice, fine, but I would not close off the idea of an outsider.
The very best person available. I don't care if they are purple with pink dots.