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There’s a new Chief in town

Mayor Doug Smith congratulated Police Chief David Robertson. Photo by PJ Martin

By PJ Martin


The Herald-News


The Edmonton City Council met in a regular session on March 4th with everyone in attendance except Edmonton Fire Chief Jerry Clemmons.

The council room was standing room only as family gathered for the swearing-in of two new police officers.

Mayor Doug Smith announced the motion to promote Interim Chief David Robertson to the Chief of Police in Edmonton. The motion was unanimously approved. Robertson has been filling in as Interim Chief since the resignation of Delaney Wilson.

Chief Robertson introduced the new officers hired for the City Police Department and Mayor Smith then proceeded to swear-in Chase Conrad and Daniel Nunn. The new officers will begin training on Monday, March 11th. The new officers will attend the police academy in August.

The council approved the minutes from the specially held meeting on February 6th with no changes.

Mayor Smith introduced Haley Penrod, Public Administration Specialist from BRADD who was in attendance to present information about the CEDs Mini Summit being held on April 9th at the Cave City Convention Center and invited the council members to register and attend the 3 ½ hour training session.

The council unanimously approved the first reading of Ordinance #2023-24-04 the Repeal of Ordinance #2005-04 The City of Edmonton Personnel Policies.

Then to replace what was repealed the council unanimously approved the first reading of Municipal Order #2023-24-01 in regard to the Municipal Order adopting the Personnel Policies and Employee Handbook as suggested by the Kentucky League of Cities.


Department Reports

Police Chief David Robertson presented the February department activity as 6 arrests, 5 non-injury accidents, 10 alarms, 3 animal complaints, 2 domestic calls, 2 DUIs, served 3 EPOs, 1 incomplete 911 call, opened 4 investigations, assisted 4 motorists, answered 3 medical calls, 4 drug complaints, 12 traffic stops, 1 trash complaint, 2 funeral escorts, received 40 complaints, and wrote 10 citations.

Public Works Superintendent Moe Hensley reported, “On February 28th somebody hit one of our fire hydrants on Lone Star…about pulled it out of the ground. It’s leaking pretty good…” He added that the damage was submitted to the insurance.

ABC Administrator Fred Ray reported that all were in compliance.

The Parks and Recreation Director Bryan Garrett reported that they trained one person in February, began fertilizing the fields, sprayed the fields, and cleaned up the fences.

No fire department report was presented in the absence of City Fire Chief Jerry Clemmons.

A closed session was requested by City Attorney Brian Pack and upon the council’s return to open session no actions were taken. No other business was presents.

Mayor Doug Smith (far left) swearing in new officers Chase Conrad and Daniel Nunn as Council members Cathy Nunn and Faye Word view the proceedings. Photo by PJ Martin

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