Thursday, August 23, 2001

2 towns pick new top cops

1 deal still to be finalized

By Jim Hannah and Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Two Kenton County cities have tapped new leaders for their police departments.

        Charles Donaldson, 66, of Covington, a veteran Kenton County law enforcement official, will take the helm of the seven-man Ludlow department on Sept. 1, the Enquirer has learned.

        Mr. Donaldson was chief of Independence police for 12 years before retiring in 1995. Before that, he was a detective for Covington Police. He is also a former president of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police.

        “I have talked to him, and I feel like he has agreed to do it,” said Mayor Ed Schroeder. “But the deal won't be finalized until he returns from vacation.”

        Mr. Schroeder said Mr. Donaldson will manage the department until a permanent replacement can be found. The mayor said Mr. Donaldson's pay is still being negotiated. Mr. Donaldson could not be reached for comment.

        Ludlow's current chief, Tom Collins, is retiring Aug. 31 to pursue other career opportunities. There will be a reception on his behalf at 6:30 p.m. today at the Ludlow Senior Center, 808 Elm St.

        In another police change, Mike Jansing has been named Crescent Springs police chief, effective Aug. 18. He will earn $44,000 a year.

        Chief Jansing, 40, had served as acting chief of the nine-officer department since May 18. He took over after Mike Ward left to head Alexandria's police department.

        Chief Jansing “was next in line, and I knew he was well-trained,” said Crescent Springs Mayor Claire Moriconi. “He's served us very well these last nine years.”

        Chief Jansing started his law enforcement career as a Park Hills patrolman in 1983. He also worked for Fort Mitchell police before taking a job as a Crescent Springs patrolman in 1992. He was promoted to sergeant in 1995 and became a lieutenant in 1999.

        Chief Jansing said one of his first priorities is advertising for a replacement for Sgt. James Wendeln, who has announced his retirement effective Aug. 31. Sgt. Wendeln is the department's media spokesman.


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