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Fischer Names Interim Police Chief

Monday December 5, 2011

Mayor Greg Fischer has named Ishmon Burks, former Secretary of the Kentucky Justice Cabinet and a former commissioner of the Kentucky State Police, as interim chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Burks starts Tuesday, December 6, 2011 and will serve until April, when Fischer expects to name a permanent replacement for outgoing Police Chief Robert White.

“Ish is widely respected in the criminal justice field and he will be an excellent interim chief,” Fischer said. “I thought it was important to name an interim from outside the department and to name someone who has no interest in the permanent chief’s position.” Fischer said that Burks’s role is to lead the department from a macro view, but the day-to-day operations will be run by the highly competent and highly professional command staff.

Burks is currently an assistant professor and academic coordinator of criminal justice at Jefferson Community and Technical College and is a former vice president at Spalding University. Retired from the Army, where he earned the rank of Colonel, Burks has a Master of Arts in criminology from City University of New York. He has been active in the Louisville community, having been a board director for the Louisville Ballet and board member of the African American Heritage Foundation, among other things. Most recently, he was a member of the Merger 2.0 Task Force appointed earlier this year by Fischer to examine the first decade of city-county consolidation.

He is married to Terri Metzger, a retired school teacher, and has two grown daughters, Angela and Wallis. Burks will earn the equivalent of $120,000 a year.