Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer named Ishmon F. Burks as the interim Metro Police chief today.
Burk is also a former Secretary of the Kentucky Justice Cabinet and was the first African-American commissioner of the Kentucky State Police, being appointed by former Governor Paul Patton in 2000.
Chief Administrative Officer William Summers IV says the administration wanted a qualified candidate with law enforcement experience to serve as interim chief, but emphasized it needed an individual outside the department who has not interested in the position permanently.
“We felt like it would make the search a lot easier and it would keep the potential conflict down and I think in the end it will be the best for the community. The first thing we needed to do is make sure the interim would be somebody who didn’t want the job full-time so that we would not get into the politics of ‘now here’s there and you need to keep him’ and all that,” he says.