Council OKs hiring of ex-LMPD assistant chief as city’s new police chief

Nelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 — The Bardstown City Council approved the hiring of Kim M. Kraeszig as the City of Bardstown’s new police chief at the council’s working session Tuesday evening.


Kraeszig, who has worked 23 years in law enforcement, recently retired as assistant police chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department. As assistant chief, she was the number three person in the department’s command staff and she directed and managed 950 LMPD employees, including nine associate police chiefs.

Prior to her promotion to assistant chief in 2013, Kraeszig served five years as Patrol Major in the LMPD’s fourth division.

Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton praised the work of the chief selection committee, which narrowed the field of candidates first to seven, and then down to three. Heaton said the opening attracted a list of very qualified candidates.

Heaton participated in the interviews of the final three candidates, and said he recommended the city hire Kraeszig based on the skills and experience she offered.

“She has a background that covers from patrolman to narcotics, administration, purchasing and then her most recent leadership position,” Heaton said.

“I’m very pleased that she would have an interest in coming here,” he said.

Kraeszig will be sworn-in as chief at the council’s meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12.


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