Greenberg names LMPD Deputy Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel as interim chief

Louisville Metro mayor-elect Craig Greenberg announced LMPD Deputy Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel will serve as the department’s interim chief.
Published: Dec. 9, 2022 at 12:10 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2022 at 12:15 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Louisville Metro mayor-elect Craig Greenberg announced Louisville Metro Police Deputy Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel will serve as the department’s interim chief.

Gwinn-Villaroel was appointed by Chief Erika Shields as LMPD’s Deputy Chief back in Jan. 2021. She will take over LMPD when Shields resigns on Jan. 2, 2023.

“Jackie has extensive experience in law enforcement leadership and reform,” Greenberg said. “She is a strong, intelligent community leader and pastor. She is trustworthy and transparent, and Louisville is fortunate Jackie has agreed to serve as Interim Chief of Police.”

Before moving to Louisville, Gwinn-Villaroel spent 24 years with Atlanta Police starting in 1997 as a beat officer and working her way up to detective, sergeant, lieutenant and captain.

“I am honored for the opportunity to serve as interim chief for this department,” Gwinn-Villaroel said. “My goal is to keep the department focused, and to serve the city of Louisville with the highest standards. My top priority is to remain focused on driving down this violent crime.”

Gwinn-Villaroel said her focus will be building up the department’s trust within the community and rebuilding relationships.

“Making sure we are collaborating with the community, making sure that we are hearing them and that they are hearing us, and actually build this solid relationship that is needed within our city,” Gwinn-Villaroel said.

Greenberg said following his inauguration, a search process will begin to find the department’s next permanent chief. He mentioned Gwinn-Villaroel could possibly be considered for the permanent position.

“If she thinks it’s a good fit, if I think it’s a good fit, she will then be considered for the search process,” Greenberg said.