Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad will retire next month and leave his deputy, Robert Schroeder, in charge, reports the Louisville Courier Journal. Schroeder is inheriting a police force that faces a severe budget challenge and rising violent crime. It also finds itself in the national spotlight for its officers’ fatal shooting March 13 of Breonna Taylor. An internal investigation into the officers’ conduct has been turned over to the state Attorney General’s Office, and the FBI is opening an independent investigation into the case.
Schroeder joined the police force in 1997. He holds an undergraduate degree in sociology and a master’s degree in the administration of justice from the University of Louisville. When the police department looked to add body cameras in 2014 after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., officials turned to Schroeder to help lead the effort. As leader of the administrative services division within the police department, Schroeder oversaw evidence, strategic planning, records, technical services and the impound lot that has caused headaches for the city in recent years.