Chief White Leaving for Denver, Fischer to Launch Search

by Gabe Bullard on October 28, 2011

Louisville Police Chief Robert White is leaving the city to be chief of police for Denver, Colorado.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced White’s departure on Twitter, and is speaking about the search for a replacement this hour at Metro Hall.

White was appointed by former Mayor Jerry Abramson and was the first chief of the merged city and county police force. Near the end of Abramson’s last term, White was a finalist for jobs in Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. He was passed over for each position.

White’s position took center stage briefly during last year’s mayoral race. Republican Hal Heiner declined to say whether he would retain White—or any other Abramson appointees—during the campaign, saying he didn’t want to make personnel decisions without being in office. Fischer promised to keep White if elected.

White replaces Denver Police Chief Gerald Whitman.

In a statement, Fischer says he will soon name an interim chief, but has begun the process of finding a new chief.

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