LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville's new police chief is on the job. Steve Conrad was sworn in as Robert White's replacement on Monday.
Conrad's wife Joan had the honor of pinning on the chief's badge.
Conrad returned to his hometown of Louisville after a six-year stint as chief of police in Glendale, AZ, and he said he's glad to be back. "I feel like I've been preparing for this day for the last 32 years. I started my career in 1980 as a patrol officer serving this city. I started this job so I could make a difference. I started this job so I could help people. That is why men and women, the people you see in here today, got into law enforcement."
Despite the city and county governments merging just nine years ago, Conrad said problems between the two departments have just about disappeared.
"The truth is over 60 percent of the employees that have been hired, who are working here, have been hired since the merger," Conrad said, "so that cultural divide is really not as noticeable as you might think."
Conrad said his first priorities are making connections in the community and getting to know everyone on staff.