New LMPD chief to make $210,000 salary

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Louisville’s new police chief will make a salary of $210,000 a year, WAVE 3 News Troubleshooters have learned.

The amount is roughly $35,000 more than former Chief Steve Conrad, who was fired after the fatal shooting of popular restaurant owner, David McAtee.

Shields’ salary is slightly less than Interim Chief Yvette Gentry’s $18,000 monthly salary. That contract was not to exceed six months.

Shields’ new position was announced by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer last week and was met with immediate backlash from members of the community and LMPD officers alike.

Shields resigned from Atlanta Police in June 2020 following the deadly officer-involved shooting of Rayshard Brooks, 27. It was a controversial event that led to peaceful protests as well as riots.

Shields resigned stating the community needed to “move forward.”

She officially takes over January 19.

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