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Who should Kansas City hire as next police chief?

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The public began weighing in Wednesday night on who they think should be the next Kansas City police chief.

The Kansas City Police Board is asking the public to provide input on what qualities they are looking for in a leader of the police department.

Police Chief Jim Corwin is retiring later this year.

All three meetings will last from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The first meeting will be at Wednesday night at Hillcrest Community Center. A second meeting will be Thursday at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, 3700 Blue Parkway.

The third meeting will be at the Police Academy's auditorium, 6885 Northeast Pleasant Valley Rd.

Don Martin, a Kansas City resident, said a top priority should be cleaning up crime-ridden neighborhoods.

Other residents said stopping domestic violence and murders should be a priority.

As of July 6, Kansas City has seen 49 homicides, but arrests have been made in just 20 of the murders. The percentage of homicides solved has not changed over the past three years. Budget issues will also be a concern for the new chief.

"I want to see him get out in the community and see what's going on," Kansas City resident Hakeem Fuel said.

Former Mayor Pro Tem Alvin Brooks said the next police chief will have difficulties.

"It's a challenging job, it will take a miracle worker to get [done] what has to be done," he said.

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