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Councilman James to host public forums on the selection of Louisville’s next police chief

Monday November 28, 2011

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

Residents across the Metro Council’s Sixth District will have not one but three opportunities to voice their priorities as the city begins a new search for the next Chief of Louisville Metro Police thanks to Councilman David James.

The first of these forums is being held on December 1st at the NIA Center at 6:00pm. James will be joined by the Council members of Districts 1, 3, 4, and 5 at this meeting where they will hear from residents on what they would like to see as the process gets underway. “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).

The Councilman has also scheduled two additional public forums to take place in the Sixth District over coming weeks. The next will be held on December 7th at 6:00pm at the South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Boulevard.

“These meetings should be a chance for those who live in the Beechmont area to express what they would like to see in the search process,” says Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21). “Our residents have worked very well with LMPD over the years and I want them to have a chance to let the city know what they want to see covered in this process,”

"I encourage residents to attend and let us know which qualities they are looking for in a Police Chief," said Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15). "Whether it is community policing, task force oriented, team building/morale among officers or years of service; each suggestion will help in the selection process."

The final meeting will be December 17th at the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park, 1340 South Fourth Street.

“There is no doubt that LMPD’s next police chief will have a major impact on how public safety decisions are made throughout the city so I want to make sure that the perspectives of the taxpayers play an integral part of Mayor Fischer’s decision process. These forums will help ensure that the voices of those from the Sixth District are heard and that the best possible police chief candidate is ultimately selected,” added James.

Each one of these meetings will be open to the public. Please contact Councilman James’ office at 574-1106 with any questions or concerns.

David James (D) 6
Marianne Butler (D) 15
Dan Johnson (D) 21