Farewell to Chief White (11/3/11) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Farewell to Chief White (11/3/11)

I have mixed emotions about Louisville Police Chief Robert White's departure to take the same post in Denver.

I'm disappointed because he's a genuinely good man and a friend. He's intelligent and personable, and he accomplished what he was hired to do when he came to Louisville, improving discipline in the ranks and the reputation of the force among a majority of citizens.

But it's been clear for some time now he's wanted to be elsewhere. Several times before this he offered himself as a candidate for other openings around the country, and people don't do that when they're happy where they are.

And there's also no doubt Chief White has been the target of much criticism from within the department during his tenure. Many officers have been unhappy with his style, and whether the complaints have been justified or not, that's created a morale problem.

So while I'm personally sorry to see him go, I think his decision to move west presents opportunities for all involved. Chief White gets a fresh start in a place he may like better. Denver gets the benefit of his skills to address serious problems in their police force. And the Louisville Metro Police Department gets the chance to hire a new leader – possibly from within its own ranks – who can create more of a culture of teamwork and mutual respect.

I wish the best of luck to all three.

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