Police Chief Brandon L. Barnhill began his law enforcement career in 1995 with the Murray Police Department, before transferring to the Paducah Police Department in 1998. With Paducah, Barnhill has served and supervised in all areas of the department as a Patrolman, Detective, Sergeant, Captain, and Assistant Chief. Barnhill was a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team rising through the ranks as a Team Leader and, subsequently, the Team Commander. In May 2010, Barnhill was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief where he was responsible for the Operations Division, including formulation and control of the annual budget, development and dissemination of police directives, coordination of training regimens, and the fostering of communication among the various facets of the department. In September 2013, the Paducah Board of Commissioners appointed him as Chief. A pinning ceremony was held October 4, 2013.
Chief Barnhill holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Andrew Jackson University. Chief Barnhill graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School for Government, Leadership in Crises seminar in early 2015. In 2007, he completed the Administrative Officers Course/Executive Program, through the Southern Police Institute. Barnhill is a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Course, Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Executive Development Program, and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police and the Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. In 2011, Barnhill was selected as the inaugural “Young Leader of the Year” award for stand out career achievements and contributions to western Kentucky communities.
Chief Barnhill is very active in community programs and activities. He is an adjunct criminal justice instructor at West Kentucky Community & Technical College, where he currently serves on the Criminal Justice/Homeland Security Advisory Committee, member of Rotary Club International and current board member. Chief Barnhill is an alumnus of Leadership Paducah and also past Foundation Board member, vice-chair of the Paducah Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police serving as a past scholarship chairman for several years, member of the former Paducah/McCracken County Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Council and the McCracken County Domestic Violence Task Force. Barnhill and his wife have two children and are members of First Baptist Church of Paducah. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, outdoor activities, watching sports, and spending time with his family.
Contact: Chief Brandon Barnhill, 270-444-8590
Assistant Chief Brian Laird began his law enforcement career with the Paducah Police Department in 2001. During his career, he has served and supervised in all divisions of the department as a Patrolman, Detective, Sergeant and Captain. Assistant Chief Laird currently leads the Support Services Division. This division is comprised of the Records and Evidence Unit, along with two detective units: General Investigations and Drug and Vice Enforcement. He also serves as Commander of Specialized Units which includes SWAT, Bomb Squad, K-9, and the Crisis Negotiation Team.
Assistant Chief Laird holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Louisville. He is a 2017 recipient of the FBI-LEEDA Leadership Trilogy Award. In 2014, he completed the 131st session of the Administrative Officers Course/Executive Program through the Southern Police Institute. He also is a graduate of the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Executive Development Program and Academy of Police Supervision. In 2013, he received the Gary L. Reese Award for outstanding leadership and distinguished career service and was the 2006 Employee of the year with the Paducah Police Department.
Assistant Chief Laird is active in the local community. He is a member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club where he is currently serving his third term on the board of directors and was a member of Leadership Paducah Class #29. He also is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and past president of the Paducah Police Collective Bargaining Unit. In his free time, Assistant Chief Laird enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two children.
Contact: Assistant Chief Brian Laird, 270-444-8691
Assistant Chief David White has a Bachelor's Degree in Police Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, a Master's Degree in Justice Administration from Norwich University, and a graduate certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia. He is currently working on his doctorate in criminal justice & criminology at Southern Illinois University. He has 20 years of experience with the Paducah Police Department.
Assistant Chief White is a graduate of the Academy of Police Supervision and the Criminal Justice Executive Development courses offered through the Department of Criminal Justice Training, and he is a graduate of the 255th Session of the FBI National Academy.
Assistant Chief White currently leads the Operations Division, the largest component of the Paducah Police Department providing uniform police services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition to uniformed patrol, the division has several major specialized units, including SWAT, Bomb Squad, K-9, and others. All of these units have the responsibility of working in partnership with the community to achieve the department’s stated mission. He previously served as Assistant Chief of the the Support Services Division. This division is comprised of the following three units: the Drug and Vice Enforcement Unit (DAVE), the General Investigations Unit (GIU), and the Records and Evidence.
Contact: Assistant Chief David White, 270-444-8548
This position is vacant at this time.