NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11)—Just days after the sudden resignation of the New Albany chief of police and assistant chief of police, the New Albany Mayor announced his appointments to the leadership of the department.
Mayor Jeff Gahan announced on Saturday that Sgt. Todd Bailey would be the new police chief and Chief of Detectives Kenneth Fudge will become the Deputy Chief.
Officer William Popp will continue to serve as the uniform division commander.
Bailey is a 17 year veteran of the force, where he previously served as Chief of Police, but more recently served as second shift commander.
He was a part of the U.S. Air Force from 1986-1991, after completing his degree from the University of Maryland.
“I intend to focus on assisting the men and women of the New Albany Police Department in whatever manner necessary for them to effectively and professionally perform their duties,” Bailey stated.
Fudge is also a 17 year veteran of the force and a certified crime scene investigator, also serving as a Field Training Officer for the department.
He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Criminology.
“I’m honored to be serving the New Albany Police Department in this role,” Fudge said. “I look forward to building on the relationships that I have made in my 17 years of service to the Department, and finding new ways to help my officers succeed.”
Gahan is excited for the two to get to work leading the department with professionalism and integrity.
“Chief Bailey is an experienced leader in the New Albany Police Department, and Assistant Chief Fudge is a highly respected veteran of the Department,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan. “I have confidence that they will handle operations within the New Albany Police Department with professionalism and integrity.”