Date of release: December 17, 2018
The Paducah Police Department is pleased to announce that the Paducah City Commission tonight named Brian G. Laird as the department’s next chief.
Laird, 40, has served as Assistant Chief of the Support Services Division since May, 2018. He replaces Chief Brandon Barnhill, who will retire at the end of December. Laird assumes the reigns of the department on Jan. 1, 2019.
“I am honored that the Paducah City Commission has placed their trust in me to lead the Paducah Police Department into the future,” Laird said. “Our department is among the best trained and most professional in the Commonwealth, and it will be my privilege to serve as chief of police.”
Laird began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer with the Paducah Police Department in 2001. Since then, he has served and supervised in all divisions of the department as detective, sergeant, captain and assistant chief.
Laird has a Bachelor’s Degree from Murray State University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Louisville. He is a 2017 recipient of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI LEEDA) Leadership Trilogy Award. In 2014, he completed the 131st session of the Administrative Officer’s Course/Executive Leadership 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 Paducah Police Department’s 2006 Employee of the Year.
Laird is active in the local community. He is a member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club, where he currently is serving his fourth term on the Board of Directors. He is an alumnus of Leadership Paducah. He also is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police, the Fraternal Order of Police and a past president of the Paducah Police Collective Bargaining Unit.
Laird grew up in Metropolis, IL, and is the son of Barry and Lynn Laird of Metropolis. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Paducah with their two children.