Chief of Police-Louisville Metro Police Department (KY)

Position Announcement


Louisville Metro Police Department

The Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government (serving a population of 770,000 in a region of 400 square miles) is seeking reform-minded applicants for the position of Police Chief. The city is looking for a proven leader who is committed to professional, ethical, and accountable policing, and who supports and has experience with best practices in the profession.

The search is being conducted in the context of a national upheaval in policing and at a challenging time for the Louisville Metro community. The successful candidate must have the ability to effectively engage and build trust in the community and with the members of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD). The Chief must have demonstrated experience effectively implementing 21st Century policing principles within multi-cultural communities. The chief is appointed by and accountable to the mayor, who is committed to police reform and whose term will end in January 2023.

The Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) was formed in 2003 with the merger of the Jefferson County Police Department and the Louisville Division of Police, as a part of the creation of the consolidated city-county government of Louisville. LMPD has an FY21 operating budget of $191 million that includes an authorized staff of 1,167 sworn officers and 348 non-sworn professionals.

The City solicited input from elected leaders, the community, and police department to identify the desired qualities and the priorities for the new chief. A detailed profile of the position, including a summary of that information-gathering, can be found at:

A Bachelor’s degree is required along with seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement, including at least two (2) years in a leadership role; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. The successful candidate must obtain a valid Kentucky driver’s license along with certification as a Police Officer through the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council. An advanced degree is preferred along with additional specialized leadership education, such as the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), the Southern Police Institute (SPI) or the FBI National Academy.

Base salary of the previous LMPD police chief was $175,102. Salary and benefits package negotiable, DOQ.

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is assisting in the selection process. PERF will recruit and perform initial assessments of candidates in coordination with Louisville Metro Government and will incorporate the results of the community input as detailed in the position profile. The most qualified applicants will be recommended for interviews conducted by a panel of representatives from Louisville Metro Government (including LMPD), elected officials and the community.

Qualified candidates should apply by August 31 with cover letter, résumé, and the names and contact information of five references in confidence to:

Louisville Metro is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

If you have questions regarding this opportunity, or a recommendation of a colleague, please contact: Charlotte Lansinger at or (301)639-3020.


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