Transitional Leadership Plan for Paducah Police Department

With today as the last day on the job for Paducah Police Chief James Berry, City Manager Jeff Pederson is announcing his transitional leadership plan for the Paducah Police Department.

Pederson says the department will move forward for now with Assistant Chief Brandon Barnhill, Assistant Chief Stacey Grimes, and Captain David White as the leaders of their respective divisions.  Assistant Chief Barnhill is responsible for Operations while Assistant Chief Grimes’ responsibility is Support Services.  White is the Professional Standard Captain.  Each division leader will report to Pederson in the same manner as the Police Chief reports to Pederson.  

Pederson says, “I expect this to be a relatively short transitional period.  The Paducah Police Department is a stable organization with great leadership and dedicated employees.  I have full confidence that each of the division leaders will be able to continue the mission and duties of the department during this transition.  Also, both assistant chiefs have experience as acting chiefs during their tenures.  The public can be proud that this department is rich with experience and leadership.”

In the search for the next chief to the lead the Paducah Police Department, the City of Paducah Human Resources is accepting resumes and cover letters from internal candidates for the police chief position through 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13.  A review process will begin thereafter. 

Chief James Berry has served as Paducah’s Police Chief since July 20, 2009.  On July 26, Chief Berry notified Pederson that he had accepted the position of Director of University Safety and Security Affairs at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky.   He begins his new position August 16. 

City Manager Pederson says, “Chief Berry brought strength to this department through his emphasis on pride, employee empowerment, and esprit de corps.  He will be leaving a much stronger department behind thanks to his four years of service.”   

A reception in Chief Berry’s honor will be held this afternoon from 4 until 6 p.m. in the atrium of City Hall.  The public is invited.

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