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Special “Coffee with your Councilman” meeting set for December 3rd to discuss LMPD Chief Search

Wednesday November 30, 2011

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

Usually Councilman Rick Blackwell meets once a month on the weekend to hear from residents in District 12 for informal conversations about issues over a cup of coffee. It’s very informal and another way to let the Councilman know what someone may be concerned about in the district.

In December, “Coffee with your Councilman” will hold a very special meeting offering residents of Southwest Jefferson County the chance to voice an opinion on a very important topic: the search for a new Chief of Louisville Metro Police.

“The Metro Council is in the process of sponsoring several forums to give everyone the chance to weigh in on the Chief search,” says Blackwell. “I thought Saturday morning might be a convenient time for people to come out and let us know how they feel about the search for a new chief.”

Joining Blackwell at the meeting will be Council members Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13), Bob Henderson (D-14) and David Yates (D-25). “Coffee with your Councilman” will take place at the Southwest Regional Metro Council Office, 7219 Dixie Highway at 10:00am on Saturday, December 3rd.

“Many of our neighborhood associations have very good relationships with the officers of the LMPD’s Third Division,” says Welch. “We want to make sure the next Chief continues a good working relationship with our communities as decisions about public safety are made.”

“Public safety is a top priority for Metro Government and we need to hear from residents about this important leadership position,” says Henderson.

All information from the public forums will be forwarded to the Southern Police Institute. The group is coordinating the search for replacement candidates for Chief Robert White.

“What should the qualifications be for the next Chief of Police? That person will set the tone for how officers protect us and keep us safe,” says Yates. “What we learn from the people we serve will go a long way in assisting us in choosing the right person for the job.”

For more information about December’s “Coffee with your Council Member”, contact Councilman Blackwell’s office at 574-1112.

Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13
Bob Henderson (D) 10
David Yates (D) 25