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Metro Council members at odds over ‘no confidence’ vote in LMPD chief

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 'no confidence' vote in Louisville's police chief has some council member at odds about whether the decision will have any impact. 

The resolution passed 13 to 9 at Metro Council on Thursday.

Supporters of Chief Conrad say the vote is a distraction and it is unfair to blame the city’s rising homicide rate on one man. 

Councilwoman Mary Woolridge stands behind her vote in support of Louisville’s police chief.

“I think Chief Conrad is going to continue to command his police officers and gonna make us try to be the safest city possible,” Woolridge said. “I have confidence in Chief Conrad."

Metro Council members voting against the chief say he has shown poor leadership, made decisions that have not reduced crime, and is leading a department with low morale.

They also question his handling of the LMPD sex abuse scandal and several other cases that have led to lawsuits against the department.

Councilman David James voted 'no confidence' in Chief Conrad.

"It absolutely has an impact. It's the Metro Council saying that we overwhelmingly believe that we do not have confidence in Chief Conrad and the leadership of his police department and the mayor is the only person that does," James said.

Only the mayor can hire or fire the police chief in Louisville.

Mayor Fischer continues to state that he has no plans to replace Chief Conrad.

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Metro Council passes 'no confidence' resolution for LMPD Chief Steve Conrad

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