Metro Council committee votes in favor of no-confidence resolution

Metro Council votes 'no confidence' in Conrad

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- A Metro Council committee voted 3-2 in favor of a no-confidence resolution regarding Police Chief Steve Conrad.

The discussion and vote came one day after LMPD announced criminal homicides are up in the first six months of 2017, despite overall crime is down.

The increase is raising concerns among some on the council when it comes to Chief Conrad’s leadership.
The resolution lists the reasons they want Chief Conrad off the job, one example: Council members claim the chief has not been transparent.

The resolution goes on to criticize the Chief's reorganization of the police department back in November.
It also cites the increase in annual homicides from 2013 to 2016, 48 compared to 118.

Metro Councilman David James says Louisville needs new leadership on its police department in order to curb the spike in violence.

"My experience as a business person is, just firing someone doesn't change anything. You have to look at the overall conditions. What responsible council members should look at this data and say hey we're making progress as a city,” James said.

The no-confidence resolution will now move to the full council for a vote at a meeting next Thursday.

Mayor Greg Fischer released the following statement on the committee vote: 

"The vote today is a distraction from the real work many people in the city are doing to fight crime.

As the data clearly shows, overall crime is down 4 percent, even as homicides are up.

We're headed in the right direction, as national experts have said.

The best way to help fight crime is to stop pointing fingers and support the work and the plan of Chief Conrad and

LMPD -- anything else is not helpful to our citizens that deserve all of our support."

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