Kenneth Killian has been named chief of the Murray Police Department after spending more than four months as acting chief and 10 years as the department's second in command.
Killian is planning some additions to the department but no drastic changes. The biggest difference, perhaps, is that department personnel can finally settle down after spending four months wondering who the new boss would be, he said.The new chief said he began wondering himself who would inherit the police department's corner office after the mayor and City Council took so much time in choosing a replacement. Killian has been acting chief since former Chief Calvin Gillen retired Feb. 2.
Killian is a career Murray police officer who started with the department in 1959. He was made a sergeant in 1968, a lieutenant in 1972 and captain in 1978.
As acting chief, Killian prepared the police department's budget request for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Consequently, specific budget requests Killian had for the department were in place before he was even made chief.
The three changes Killian has planned are the creation of a motorcycle traffic division, the addition of a juvenile officer and the addition of a narcotics investigator.
The City Council has already approved the addition of a motorcycle patrol, which will probably start with one cycle. Killian said council support for a motorcycle patrol came from residents. "They're very functional for residential traffic patrol and noise abatement," he said.
Plans to designate an officer to work with juveniles would allow the department to better coordinate activities with the juvenile court system and more closely follow ongoing problem situations.
While the department coordinates major drug-related investigations with the Metro Narcotics Strike Force, Killian said he would like to have a narcotics investigator on the force to keep a sharp eye on drug traffic in the city's schools, in taverns and on the street. "We're not going after the great big people but want to work at the city level where most of the problems are."