Wednesday, May 09, 2001

Alexandria hires away Police Chief Ward

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CRESCENT SPRINGS — Police Chief Mike Ward announced Tuesday he was leaving this Kenton County city of about 4,000 to head the police department in Alexandria, population 8,300.

        Chief Ward, 40, started at Crescent Springs 16 years ago, working his way up to chief 2 1/2 years ago.

        “I'm walking out of a place where I put my heart and soul for 16 years,” he said.

        The resignation becomes effective May 21, the day Chief Ward is to report for work in Alexandria in Campbell County.

        The new job pays $47,700 per year.

        Crescent Springs and Villa Hills have conducted a feasibility study about sharing police services but no action has been taken.

        Chief Ward said he was leaving because of the opportunities available in the growing city of Alexandria.

        City leaders expect the population to increase when sewer sanctions are lifted. The sanctions have prohibited any new homes from being connected to sewers in recent years.

        The Alexandria police department has 11 officers.

        “Thorough professionalism, that's how I describe Mike Ward,” said Alexandria Mayor Daniel McGinley.

        “Every question we asked, he had an answer that made sense. He just looks like a good police officer.”

        The Alexandria job was left open after Gary Farmer retired earlier this year to join Toyota in Boone County. Twenty-two applied; eight were interviewed.

       Jane Prendergast contributed to this report.


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