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Bardstown Police Department has a new chief

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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Bardstown Police Department has a new leader.

The new police chief might be a familiar face to people in Louisville. His name is Steve Uram.

Chief Uram's career in law enforcement spans more than 30 years, with stops in Louisville, Seattle and even Afghanistan.

Thursday was his first day on the job. In addition to meeting and greeting, Chief Uram got the scoop on the good and the bad about his new department, which some believe has developed somewhat of a stigma.

"We are going to work to get rid of that stigma," he said.

The new chief also knows the department is still scarred from several unsolved murders. That includes Officer Jason Ellis in 2013 and Kathy and Samantha Netherland a year later.

"I am aware of both of those, and they are arranging for a KSP detective to sit down and give me updates on the cases," Chief Uram said.

Another big issue is the relationship, or lack of one, between the Bardstown Police Department and the Nelson County Sheriff's Office, which is right next door. Chief Uram took steps to change that on his first day on the job.

"The sheriff was in this office this morning. He and I had a conversation," he said. "I'll be meeting his command staff (Friday)."

Chief Uram was sworn in on Wednesday night and is still learning the lay of the land, but he's no stranger to Kentucky.

"I was in Jefferson County Police from 1973 to 1980."

He also brings a wealth of experience in law enforcement to the department, that's mainly from the Metro Seattle area.

"Spent 25 years there, patrolled and investigation services, and I retired from there, from Everett Police in 2007 as a lieutenant."

Chief Uram said he is proud of the department he is inheriting, and soon the people they protect and serve will feel the same.

"They can expect a positive impact for the city," he said. "They can expect the officers to be more approachable as we move forward."

Capt. McKenzie Mattingly has been the acting chief since former police chief Rick McCubbin retired.

Mattingly has been credited with keeping the department moving forward during the search for a new chief.

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