LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Robert White, who has served as Louisville's police chief since 2003 and led the city to be recognized as one of America's largest safest cities, will be named chief of the Denver Police Department next week. Mayor Greg Fischer announced that he will immediately begin a search for White's replacement.
"Chief White has been a high-caliber leader who has made our city safer and who has earned tremendous respect across the city," Fischer said. "It's not a surprise that, over the years, many cities have tried to hire him. Denver is gaining a police chief of high integrity."
Fischer said he has begun the process of identifying potential new chiefs from both within and outside the Louisville Metro Police Department. He said he would be seeking input from citizens, police and national experts.
"My goal is to hire the best chief to lead our department and make it even better than it already is," Fischer said. "We are a safe city, but we can be even safer. I'm seeking a leader who can take us to that next level."
Fischer said he will soon name an interim chief to assume the day-to-day duties until a permanent chief can be named.
White said the decision to leave Louisville was difficult but that he felt that he has achieved all he could in Louisville and he looks forward to new challenges in Denver.
"I'm leaving Louisville in great hands - and I want to thank the men and women of the Louisville Police Department who are dedicated and passionate public servants," White said. "I also wish to thank the citizens of Louisville who have made my job enjoyable every day the last nine years."
The mayor's office in Denver is planning a formal announcement next week. The Denver City Council must approve the hiring, a process expected to take three weeks.
White was appointed chief of the newly merged Louisville Metro Police Department on January 6, 2003. The department was created with the merger of the Louisville Division of Police and the Jefferson County Police Department. The department - the 22nd largest in the country - has 1,200 sworn officers and nearly 400 civilian personnel.