Wine ready to take on crime as Commonwealth's Attorney

Tom Wine and his family.
Tom Wine and his family.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Cracking down on crime was a top priority for many voters who went to the polls Tuesday. One of the most watched races could affect how crime is fought in Louisville.

It wasn't an easy decision for Judge Tom Wine to leave the bench and run for Commonwealth's Attorney, but he tells WAVE 3 News, he always loved being a prosecutor.

When Dave Stengel announced that he was going to leave the position, Wine felt a calling to go for the job.

Talking to a crowd of supporters Tuesday night, Wine thanked the voters of Jefferson County saying he would not let them down.

Wine believes the experience he brings to the community will be a huge benefit. He told us he wants to reach out to West Louisville in light of all this violence saying people who live there are hurting right now and the office must work with police to get the bad guys off the street.

"The first thing I want to do is sit down with Police Chief Steve Conrad and the Mayor and the County Attorney's office and we need to work together so we're not wasting resources duplicating our efforts."

We asked Wine if he would be open to looking at other cities who have had high crime problems and have taken some of the prosecutors out in the field with police officers to better manage the problem. Wine answered, "We always want to make sure we're not putting our prosecutors in danger," he said, " but I'll study those cities because I don't want to reinvent the wheel and if somebody's got a plan out there whether it's Los Angeles, Detroit or Miami and it's working, absolutely I'm not too proud to say let me adopt what you've done."

Wine will work with Dave Stengel and look to his guidance in the transition phase.

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