Steve Conrad, a former assistant police chief in Louisville now chief in Glendale, Az., is the new Louisville police chief, says the Louisville Courier-Journal. Conrad left Louisville in 2005, having helped to shape the newly formed Louisville Metro Police Department. He joined the former city department as a patrol officer in 1980 and rose through the ranks to become assistant chief under former chief Robert White. White left Louisville in December to take the chief's job with the Denver Police.
Conrad was chosen from a slate of five candidates who were interviewed by Mayor Greg Fischer the week of Feb. 6. The five finalists included the deputy chiefs, Yvette Gentry and Vince Robison. Two of the candidates are chiefs in other districts but formerly served with either the city or county department. They are Jeffersontown Chief Rick Sanders and Conrad. The other candidate, Glenn Skeens, has had a long career with the Owensboro Police Department, where he now serves as police chief.