LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Angela Leet, the Republican Mayoral Candidate gets the endorsement from Louisville officers, WAVE 3 News has confirmed.
Thursday night, River City FOP members made their endorsement of Leet official, deciding against endorsing current Louisville Mayor, Greg Fischer.
Union members gave LMPD Chief Steve Conrad a vote of no confidence. Conrad has been continuously supported by Mayor Fischer.
The news comes at the heels of a whistleblower lawsuit against Conrad by Lt. Jimmy Harper. A jury decided Conrad had broken whistleblower law when he demoted Harper, who was the major of the department’s Second Division. Harper was awarded $300,000.
Leet has been publicly critical of Conrad and Fischer’s unwavering support. Fischer has attributed the criticism against the Chief as purely politically motivated.
Leet told us she is proud and humbled by the endorsement.
“Public safety is my top priority and I appreciate the hard work of LMPD and the sacrifice of our officers who put themselves in harm’s way to protect our community,”Leet told WAVE 3 News. “I look forward to working with the FOP as Mayor, and ensuring we secure a police chief who gives them the respect and support they deserve.”
The President of the lodge, Nicolai Jilek, said his members feel that certain concerns have fallen on deaf ears.
“We have major issues and Mayor Fischer despite knowing we have major issues, we are on the same course, heading in the same direction, and things have not gotten any better,” he said. “Ever since 2016 and our no confidence vote, including allocation of resources and the direction of the current LMPD administration, we haven’t seen any positive change.”
Jilek said the members feel that Leet has a grasp of what he called ‘the critical issues facing the department’, such as difficulties in recruiting and retaining officers. They are also hoping Leet will support and strengthen their collective bargaining agreement.
Mayor Greg Fischer’s campaign responded with a statement on Thursday night, issued by campaign manager Margaret Brosko:
"Mayor Fischer strongly supports our men and women in uniform and is thankful for the support among the rank and file. Since taking office, his team has put more police officers on the streets and invested more money than ever before in crime prevention strategies. As a result, overall crime is down, and we are seeing a reduction in homicides and shootings over the last year. Our city has a public safety plan that is working.
Mayor Greg Fischer’s campaign for reelection has begun to receive its first wave of endorsements from local professional and civic organizations including:
- Better Schools Kentucky
- IBEW, Local 369
- Louisville Federation of Retired Firefighters
- Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 502
- The Caucus (Metro Louisville Women’s Political Caucus)
- United Auto Workers, Local 862
The Campaign looks forward to releasing more endorsements in the near future.
Margaret Brosko, Campaign Manager, Greg Fischer for Mayor."