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Council members host forum for public on Louisville’s next police chief Dec.1st

Saturday November 19, 2011

For Immediate Release
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
COntact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622

Residents in six key districts of the Louisville Metro Council will have a chance to voice their priorities as the city begins its search for the next Chief of Louisville Metro Police.

The Council members of Districts 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 will host an open forum on December 1st at the NIA Center to hear from residents on what they would like to see as the process gets underway. The meeting will start at 6:00pm. A second forum for District 2 residents will be held on the same night at the Newburg Community Center. This meeting will also begin at 6:00pm.

“My fellow Council members and I are reaching out to the residents of our districts and all of West Louisville to help provide Mayor Fischer with input on what to look for when selecting the person who will be charged with the critical task of keeping our communities safe,” says Councilman David James (D-6).

“Many Council members and neighborhood associations have close working relationships with LMPD in our respective divisions. While that relationship will be maintained, the person at the top will set the tone and he or she has an important responsibility,” says Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5).

The Forum will be open to anyone in the districts who would like to offer a thought or suggestion about the selection process.

“Public safety is the top priority for the Louisville Metro. The next police chief must be able to understand the needs of all areas of the city in order to keep us safe. I encourage the public to attend this meeting to express their views,” says Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3).

The Council members will take all comments and forward them to Mayor Greg Fischer.

“Everyone throughout the city should get involved in this process,” says Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2). “Metro Police have a good working relationship with people in Newburg and we want to see this relationship continue.”

“The next Chief of Police will have the opportunity to continue improving the relationship officers have with the public as a way of making us all safe. I am ready to hear what our citizens have to say about their thoughts on LMPD and where we go from here,” says Councilman David Tandy (D-4).

“It is important that residents understand the Council wants to listen to their ideas. This is a rare opportunity to voice your opinion on what you want to see in the person who will lead our officers,” says Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1).

The NIA Center is located at 2900 West Broadway.

The Newburg Community Center is located 4810 Exeter Avenue.

For more information on the Chief Forum at the NIA Center, contact Councilman James’ office at 574-1106. To learn more about the forum at the Newburg Community Center, contact Councilwoman Shanklin’s office at 574-1102

Attica Scott (D) 1
Barbara Shanklin (D) 2
Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3
David Tandy (D) 4
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5
David James (D) 6