The Wichita Police Department has named Nelson Mosley as Interim Police Chief. Mosley was a Deputy Chief with the department and served as Field Services Division Commander.
He will serve as Interim Chief as the department looks for a permanent Chief of Police.
The city says it plans to take a look at the Wichita Police Department and will seek public input as it looks for a new chief.
Chief Norman Williams announced last week that he's retiring. He is currently on leave until his retirement in early September.
Sources for Eyewitness News confirmed it Wednesday night and 12 hours after our story, Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams announced he is stepping down.
Eyewitness News had multiple reporters in the room when Williams walked in with a smile, seeming happy about his decision to retire. Williams said he has been considering retirement for the last year.
"The first thing I'm going to do is just relax," he said.
He's been running a department with more than 800 officers, but Williams said he's ready to give it up.
"The Chief's accomplishments and sacrifices have truly made a huge impact on our community," said Nelson Mosely, Deputy Chief.
Williams has worked to keep the Wichita community safe for nearly four decades. After 14 years as Chief, he's looking forward to more personal time.
"I get a chance to spend time with my family and I get a chance to avoid those 3 a.m. phone calls of high speed chases and homicides," Williams said.
Year after year, Williams lived an on-call life to make decisions on the city's most serious crimes.
"At the end of the day, I'm tired," Williams said. "But I'm leaving with joy in my heart and peace in my mind to know there are better days ahead for me."
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer said he always felt confident in public safety with Williams in charge.
"I remember when our community had a lot of challenges," Brewer said. "You were the guy I could call late at night, in the middle of the night, to address the various different issues."
As Williams steps away from his role as Chief, the Mayor had one request for his longtime friend.
"Now that you're not working Saturdays and Sundays, maybe, just maybe, I can get you to go fishing with me now," Brewer said.
With handshakes and hugs, those close to Williams stood with him as he said his final farewell to the force and gave a salute to his colleagues.
"The heart and soul of this organization are the professional men and women and I'm just one part of that organization," Williams said. "I will always be indebted for their dedication as well."
Williams' official retirement date is Sept. 5, but with vacation time he will likely leave sooner.
Eyewitness News first learned of Williams stepping down Wednesday. Fact Finder investigator Michael Schwanke asked the chief about his plans the same afternoon.
Williams said he was not going to say anything right now, but did say that if he made an announcement it would be "very soon."
One council member told Eyewitness News that he has to "respect the chief and city manager" and didn't want to comment any further.
Williams began his career with WPD in 1975 as a patrol officer.
It was 14 years ago he was promoted to chief and now manages a $70 million plus budget, with about 900 employees according the department's website.