Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019
Location: Paducah Police Department Training Room
Although he has been serving as Chief of Police for just more than a week, Brian Laird was formally pinned with his new badge Thursday afternoon at a reception at the police department.
Laird, 40, served as Assistant Chief of the Support Services Division since May, 2018. He replaces Chief Brandon Barnhill, who retired Dec 31.
Laird was pinned by his son, Brady, and daughter, Kate.
The new chief 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.
Pictured are (from left) Chief Laird’s wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Kate; son, Brady; Chief Laird; and Mayor Brandi Harless.