Wednesday, December 06, 2000

Dorsey to lead county police

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Kenton County leaders tapped Lt. Col. Bill Dorsey of Covington police to head the county's police force.

        “It is a bittersweet situation to leave the city of Covington after almost three decades of service there,” Lt. Col. Dorsey said during a press conference Tuesday morning announcing the appointment. “I hope I was a good and loyal employee of the city, and now I look forward to bringing that loyalty to the county. I'm a lifelong resident here, and what better opportunity to start a second career than at home.”

        The 51-year-old Covington resident will make $65,500 annually, $1,500 less than his current job.

        He will retire from the city's police force on Dec. 31 and officially start as Kenton County police chief on Feb. 1.

        The Covington police department is the largest police force in Northern Kentucky with 113 officers, while the Kenton County police department has 35 sworn officers responsible for law enforcement in all nonincorporated parts of the county.

        “Bill Dorsey will bring to the chief's post a strong work ethic, professionalism, a commitment to excellence and dedication to community service that has become a trademark of the Kenton County police department,” Kenton County Judge-executive Richard Murgatroyd said during the press conference in his office. “Bill Dorsey will be the kind of chief who is fair and impartial.”

        During his career with Covington police, Lt. Col. Dorsey worked his way up from beat cop to an assistant chief. He is a graduate of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., holds an associate degree in law enforcement, and both a bachelor's and a master's degree in public administration from Northern Kentucky University. In addition to his duties at Covington police, he is an adjunct professor at Northern and the Union Insti tute in Avondale.

        “In short, Bill Dorsey is a true law-enforcement professional,” Mr. Murgatroyd said, “and I'm proud to have the opportunity to appoint him as Kenton County Police Chief.”

        Lt. Col. Dorsey said he does not know of any pressing problems with Kenton police, and it's too early to say whether he will make any changes.

        Sixteen people applied for the chief's job. After a series of tests and interviews, the Kenton County Police Merit Board pared the list to five and sent it last Thursday to Mr. Murgatroyd. Each candidate received a score, based on education, experience and law enforcement training, with Lt. Col. Dorsey scoring the highest.

        The other four finalists for the job were Kenton County Police Capt. Ed Butler, Crescent Springs Police Chief Mike Ward, former Independence Police Chief Ed Porter and Florence Police Lt. Tom Dusing.

        “We were very pleased will all the candidates,” said Bob Dickman, chairman of the merit board. “The five candidates we narrowed it to were all outstanding choices.”

        The new chief succeeds Mike Browning, who retired Sept. 1 to take a job at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, where he heads the police academy. The department is now being run by Ed Burk, who agreed to head the force on a temporary basis just a month after his retirement as assistant chief. Mr. Burk declined Mr. Murgatroyd's offer to become chief.

        “We are quite pleased with the announcement of Col. Dorsey as our new chief,” said Kenton County police Capt. Ed Butler. “He is someone we all know and respect. I'm certainly confident he will continue the department on its current course as one of the most highly respected agencies in the state.”


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