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Another no confidence vote for LMPD Chief Conrad

The Metro Council no confidence vote follows a similar police union vote last December. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The Metro Council no confidence vote follows a similar police union vote last December. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad (Source: WAVE 3 News) LMPD Chief Steve Conrad (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Mayor Greg Fischer has voiced his unwavering support in Chief Conrad, despite the two no confidence votes. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Mayor Greg Fischer has voiced his unwavering support in Chief Conrad, despite the two no confidence votes. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After about an hour of discussion, Louisville Metro Council members passed a no confidence resolution regarding LMPD Chief Steve Conrad Thursday night.

13 council members voted for the resolution; nine voted against it and one abstained. Metro Council President David Yates was the member who abstained from the vote.

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"I think it sends a message to the mayor," Councilman David James told WAVE 3 News.

Those not in support of Chief Conrad pointed to a rising homicide rate, a lack of transparency, constant changes to the department and questions about the explorer program sex abuse scandal.

"A vote of 'no confidence' you can call it, or you can call it a 'lost faith in what to believe and what to count on,'" Councilman Brent Ackerson told the council.

The nine who supported Chief Conrad are all democrats.

"I think the chief is doing all he can do. He is one person and one person only," Councilwoman Mary Woolridge said during the meeting. 

"We are all very concerned over what happened with the explorer program but to make a vote like this based on that is really just a rush of judgment," Councilman Bill Hollander said.

The vote comes with uncertainty in the ranks at the Louisville Metro Police Department, as 70 officers' assignments were changed in July.

The movement was attributed to a large number of officers scheduled to retire this year. 

It also comes nearly eight months after the FOP also passed a vote of no confidence against Chief Conrad.

Council members have previously expressed concern that the reorganization would result in a lack of experience and number of total officers.

Shortly after the no confidence resolution passed the council, Mayor Greg Fischer responded with this statement:

"This vote is a distraction from the real work many people in the city are doing to fight crime. Our citizens expect Metro Council to work with Chief Conrad and LMPD to help improve our crime fighting plan. Instead, too many members are just critics and simplistically target one person for a complex problem - and it comes on the heels of the Metro Council cutting funding to important public safety programs like Cure Violence.

"Chief Conrad and the dedicated men and women of the LMPD have my full support and appreciation, and clearly that of the vast majority of Louisville citizens.

"I appreciate the council members who have been positive change agents who understand our shared responsibility to improve public safety in this community. I welcome any council member when they are ready to work in a good faith manner. Our citizens deserve nothing less."

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Chief Conrad released the following statement via LMPD's Facebook:

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