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Mayor Fischer appoints director of Youth Detention as questions linger over pending lawsuit

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Yvette Gentry, during her retirement party from LMPD. Yvette Gentry, during her retirement party from LMPD.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Mayor Greg Fischer has announced that a former Deputy Chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department will become the new director of Youth Detention Services.

According to a news release, Fischer named retired officer Yvette Gentry to the post. Gentry is "the perfect choice to expand the scope of the agency to extend beyond incarcerating the city's most troubled youth, by working to find ways to divert them to alternatives beyond incarceration," the mayor's office states.

For her new role -- and to reflect the new focus of the agency -- Fischer says Gentry's title will be Director of Youth Detention, Diversion and Development.

Gentry retired from LMPD last year as Deputy Chief. She had served there for 24 years -- her entire professional career -- working in areas such as policing, investigations, strategic planning, budgeting and patrol. She began with LMPD as a dispatcher, then worked her way through the ranks from Officer to Sergeant to Lieutenant to Major, and eventually, to Deputy Chief in 2011.

Gentry was also the previous Director of the Gentleman's Academy, and was named in a lawsuit with two other officers last year.

"The appointment of Colonel Gentry to this new position indicates to me that they've totally ignored this Gentleman's Academy litigation," said plaintiff's attorney Thomas Clay. 

They were accused of verbally and physically abusing teens at the academy and the lawsuit is still pending.

"It's very troubling that she's now put in a position where she's going to be monitoring the safety and protection of youth," Clay said.

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