LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – In a close vote, the council voted 13-9 in favor of a resolution that expresses no confidence in Chief Steve Conrad.
“The men and women of LMPD and the citizens of this community deserve better than what Chief Conrad calls 'success,’” said Councilwoman Angela Leet, District 7.
The resolution was heavily debated on both sides. The discussion divided the council.
“The divisiveness is here, and it's here to stay,” said Councilman Brent Ackerson, District 26.
Both sides made their stances clear.
“This is about pro leadership. It's about low morale. It's about cover-ups. It's about scandal and it's about a lot of failure,” said Councilwoman Jessica Green, District 1.
“I don't agree with absolutely everything, but he works with us,” said Councilwoman Marianne Butler, District 15.
But during the public comment period, speakers sided with the chief.
“I am a mother who's lost both of her children in the last 13 months. I have no more children now. Chief Conrad was the only city employee who called me,” said Connie McFarland, activist.
The mayor is the only one who can hire and fire the chief of police. The mayor wasn't at the meeting but his department heads were.
“Regardless of the outcome tonight, Chief Conrad, LMPD and the mayor's entire team will continue to work to make out city the safest and the best it can be,” the mayor’s representative said.
But this wasn't enough to sway the city leader's decision, and the resolution passed.
Following the vote, Chief Conrad posted his response on Facebook: