LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Not everyone in Louisville was delighted over Tuesday's announced that Steve Conrad had been selected as police chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department.
Reverend Charles Elliott and a group of African-American ministers walked in and sat in the front row. Elliott said they were disappointed with the selection. They wanted Yvette Gentry because she is African-American and worked her way up thru the ranks.
After entering the Mayor's Gallery, Conrad immediately walked up and introduced himself to them before the press conference. Mayor Greg Fischer followed suit and told the ministers, "I think when you get to know the chief, you'll get along."
After the press conference, we got reaction from a couple of key civil rights activists.
"We do have in our race the quality of leadership, whereby God blessed us to have the first black president of the U.S., with a white momma, which used to be if you looked at a white woman you'd be hung," said Rev. Charles Elliott of King Solomon Baptist Church. "So we made some progress, and we was hoping we could continue to make that kind of progress."
"This isn't the first time I met Chief Conrad and my first impression on him from the first time I met him was he was very humble, strong willed, very straight forward about making our relationship work," said Christopher 2X, a community activist.
"This appointment is one of the most important appointments that the Mayor will make and therefore the community needs to rally behind and pull together to make this a better community," said Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville NAACP Branch.
Most appealing to the African-American ministers is Conrad's resume which shows he worked his way up thru the ranks. Conrad started as patrol officer in the poorest parts of Louisville beginning in 1980.