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New city position to deal with violent crime

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Two separate shootings on May 17th that left three people dead in West Louisville.

It also prompted Mayor Greg Fischer to create a task force to come up with strategies on how to reduce the violence.

"The report came back with the recommendation about the way real to deal with this issue is from pre-natal care all the way to offender re-entry. It touches many parts of the community so it's important that we have one person that's focused on that whole system," says Mayor Greg Fischer.

Mayor Fischer says he has now implemented one of dozens of recommendations by the task force.

He has created a new position, Director of Violence Prevention, to deal with violent crime.

The job is posted online, and would pay $70,000 to $90,000 dollars a year, but it isn't sitting well with all council members.

"This is unusual I think to hire a position that high up, that many dollars, and not give at least an email that says here's why we're doing this and here's what it's reporting to and here's why," says District 16 Councilman Kelly Downard.

Some council members like Republican Kelly Downard, say they are concerned.

Some question why the job is needed when Louisville already has a police chief, and also a director of public safety.

"The requirements are very general and the expectations of the job don't exist yet, at least we haven't been told what they are," says Councilman Downard.

But, Mayor Fischer maintains that the position is needed for the city, and that violent crime is no longer just a police issue.

"So it's important that we have the flexibility to adapt and respond to those requirements as they change. I'll do that in the context of the entire city budget as well and I anticipate some private money is going to be raised to help with this also," says Mayor Greg Fischer.

As for this new position, the person selected will be reporting to the Mayor.

Fischer says it could take anywhere from two to six months to hire someone for this job.

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