Metro Council passes 'no confidence' resolution for LMPD Chief Steve Conrad
Louisville Metro Council passed a "no confidence" resolution Thursday night for LMPD Chief Steve Conrad.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Council passed a "no confidence" resolution Thursday night for LMPD Chief Steve Conrad.
In a 13-9 vote, the council continued the sentiment felt by many in the city, including the River City FOP, which voted that it had no confidence in Conrad seven months ago.
The resolution points out that Louisville's homicide rate has tripled in the past three years and also cites a lack of transparency, not enough action in the LMPD Explorer program sex abuse scandal and low morale in the department.
At Thursday's crowded meeting, several council members voiced their displeasure with Conrad's leadership, including councilwoman Angela Leet, who said Conrad "has systematically failed us."
"Our police chief is not the answer to this whole thing ... but he has an affect on it," councilman David James said. "What i am asking you colleagues is to help us make a change."
But it was a close vote. Councilman Bill Hollander voted "no," saying that a change in LMPD leadership won't solve the city's homicide problem.
Conrad released a statement, saying in part, "I am not now, nor will I ever be, distracted from what the community demands, and what Mayor Fischer expects of me, which is to fight crime."
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer also released a statement following the vote, again calling it a "distraction":
“This vote is a distraction from the real work many people in the city are doing to fight crime. Our citizens expect Metro Council to work with Chief Conrad and LMPD to help improve our crime fighting plan. Instead, too many members are just critics and simplistically target one person for a complex problem - and it comes on the heels of the Metro Council cutting funding to important public safety programs like Cure Violence.
“Chief Conrad and the dedicated men and women of the LMPD have my full support and appreciation, and clearly that of the vast majority of Louisville citizens.
“I appreciate the councilmembers who have been positive change agents who understand our shared responsibility to improve public safety in this community. I welcome any councilmember when they are ready to work in a good faith manner. Our citizens deserve nothing less.”
This story will be updated.
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