After weeks of anticipation, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed selected interim Chief George N. Turner as the nominee to fill the southern city’s police chief position, overlooking Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White, who had been a candidate for the job. It is the second time this year that White has been passed over for a police chief position in another city. In April, he applied to be the chief at the Dallas Police Department, but was rejected.
Since Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, who hired White in 2003, announced that he is not seeking re-election, the chief has been job hunting. However, White told the Courier-Journal that he doesn’t plan to pursue other job openings and will wait on the decision from the next mayor. And at least one of the candidates in the race for mayor of Louisville is promising to retain White.
“Chief White and his team have made Louisville one of America’s safest large cities,” Democratic mayoral candidate Greg Fischer said in a statement. “If the voters elect me in November, I will keep him as our top law enforcement officer.”
White and Fischer have had conversations about him staying on board if the Louisville businessman wins the general election in November. Republican mayoral candidate and Metro Councilman Hal Heiner, R- 19, and independent mayoral candidate Jackie Green have not indicated who they’d select as police chief.