LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A retired Louisville police lieutenant will become the new police chief in Audubon Park.

"I got a call from the mayor yesterday, Mayor Dorn Crawford and I went down and talked to him and he offered me the job," said new Audubon Park Police Chief.Doug Sweeney.

Sweeney is best remembered as the long-time commander of LMPD's traffic unit. After a short retirement, Sweeney was recently hired as the new police chief at Audubon Park.

"We're going to make that a police department these residents can be proud of and that the city can be proud of and I can be proud of," Sweeney said.

Sweeney knows that's somewhat of an uphill battle these days.

"Probably a lot of people know there has been some issues in the past, I wasn't privy to all of that."

Those issues include a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former officer who claims he was harassed for being gay, financial problems and the abrupt departures of the former police chief and mayor.

"I think I bring qualities to the police department that are needed so that those kinds of issues that you just talked about will never happen again," said Sweeney.

And city officials say that's exactly why Sweeney was hired and why there's now a lot of excitement in Audubon Park.

"Do I look calm? I am thrilled I really am," said Audubon Park Mayor Dorn Crawford.

Mayor Crawford admits Audubon Park had just about hit rock bottom. 

"The whole exercise of determining what the bottom of the whole was is pretty much over now and I think we have no where to go but up."

Mayor Crawford says things started to change for the better once the new city council took office. 

"That is really why all of this is possible because this is a very energetic and engaged group and they've insisted on changes and that is what we are here to do," Mayor Crawford said.

Sweeney's first day as chief is Monday, Feb. 3. He will officially be sworn in at a city council meeting later in February.

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