Steve Conrad Named New Chief of Louisville Metro Police

Steve Conrad - Louisville Police Chief

There’s a new chief in town, police chief that is… and his name is Steve Conrad. Business First reports:

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer made the appointment today. Conrad, currently police chief in Glendale, Ariz., replaces Robert White, who took a similar position in Denver.

Conrad is a Louisville native with 32 years of law enforcement experience, according to a news release. He began his career in 1980 with the Louisville Division of Police as a patrol officer in the Portland, Russell, Shawnee and California neighborhoods.

He rose through the ranks from detective to sergeant to lieutenant to captain and eventually to assistant chief of LMPD, the release said. He was assistant chief from 2003 to 2005.

Conrad was named chief in Glendale, a department with 600 employees and a $70 million annual budget, in 2005.

“Steve has deep knowledge of Louisville — its neighborhoods, its people, its history — but he also has an outsider’s perspective, having left his hometown to serve as chief in Glendale,” Fischer said in the release. “He has a passion for law enforcement, for Louisville and for LMPD, which was evident from the time I spent with him in Arizona over the weekend and from the many Arizona citizens that I interviewed about him.”

Conrad earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Louisville and attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., in 1994. His first day as Louisville chief is March 19. His salary is $165,000.