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Five Finalists for Police Chief Named

Friday February 3, 2012

View the resumes of the five finalists (PDF).

Mayor Greg Fischer today named the five (5) finalists for the Louisville Metro Police Department's Chief. The names were sent to him this week by the Southern Police Institute (SPI).

They are:

  • Steve Conrad, Chief of Police in Glendale, Arizona and former LMPD assistant chief;
  • Yvette Gentry, LMPD Deputy Chief/ Patrol Services Commander;
  • Rick Sanders, Chief of the Jeffersontown Police Department;
  • Glenn Skeens, Chief of Police in Owensboro, KY 
  • Vincent Robison, LMPD Deputy Chief and Chief of Staff.

Fischer said he will personally interview all five (5) in the coming weeks and that he plans to have a new chief in place by April 1. “We have five very solid candidates, and I look forward to hearing directly from them about their goals and visions for the LMPD,” Fischer said.

The police institute was hired to oversee a four-step process to determine a new chief:

  • Citizen input. Meetings were held by each council member in their district and SPI used data from those gatherings to develop common community concerns. In addition, a 15-to-20 person panel of criminal justice officials and stakeholders, including the Fraternal Order of Police, was asked for its input.
  • Profile position paper. Each applicant was required to submit an extensive paper in which he or she answered questions about leadership, strategic planning, crime control, community policing and involvement, among other things.
  • Assessment team. A four-member team screened all applicants and recommend five (5) to the Mayor. That team consisted of Deborah Keeling, chair of the Department of Justice Administration at the University of Louisville; Cynthia Shain, SPI Assistant Director; RecoverCare's Mark Bidner, a local CEO identified by the Louisville Metro Police Foundation; Chief Therone Bowman, from Arlington, Texas; and Assistant Chief Mark Hamlin, from Tampa, Florida.
  • Mayor’s interview. The mayor will interview the five (5) finalists and make a decision.