Saturday, March 23, 2002

Police chief plans May retirement

For 4 years, he served Edgewood

By Jim Hannah,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        EDGEWOOD — Veteran law enforcement official Steve Vollmar, who is president of the Northern Kentucky Police Chiefs Association, will retire as Edgewood police chief on May 3.

        “He had a great four years with us,” said Mayor John D. Link. “We will be missing him.” Mr. Link said he hired Chief Vollmar to bring innovative ideas to the community, such as the DARE program and other community policing initiatives.

        Chief Vollmar confirmed details about his law enforcement background when contacted by phone Friday.

        Chief Vollmar's first law enforcement job was in 1965 in Springfield Township. He then went to work for Forest Park Police. He retired from Forest Park after 33 years on the force, 13 of which were as chief. Like many career police officers, he then took another job — as chief of the smaller Edgewood department.

        During his tenure, the small bedroom community was the scene of one of Northern Kentucky's most sensational recent homicides, the killing of Delta Air Lines pilot Stephen Craven. The pilot's wife, Adele Craven, her alleged lover and an acquaintance later were charged with murder.

        One of the three, Russell McIntire, pleaded guilty to murder. Mrs. Craven and Ronald Pryer are to be tried in April.

        Chief Vollmar, 57, who lives in Edgewood, is well known for his work in promoting community policing, and recently was voted by peers as president of the Northern Kentucky Police Chiefs Association. Mr. Vollmar said he is not sure he will be able to serve out his term as president.

        The Northern Kentucky Area Development District will conduct a regional search for Mr. Vollmar's replacement. Mr. Link has the final say, but he plans on consulting with city council.


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