By Bill Robinson
The Richmond City Commission unanimously named Maj. Bob Mott as assistant police chief Tuesday night.
The department had been acting with three majors and no assistant chief for most of Chief Larry Brock’s tenure, which began in mid 2007.
Brock told the commission that Mott was the right candidate. The police force will be divided into two divisions, each headed by one of the current majors, the chief said. No third major will be hired.
Mott, who has been with the police department for more than 18 years, will earn $59,364 in his new position, according to his hiring order.
He was one of two “very well qualified” finalists interviewed for the position by a four-person panel, said City Manager Jimmy Howard.
The panel included, Russell Lane, a former Richmond police chief; Dwayne Brumley, a former Berea police chief; Larry Brock, current Richmond police chief; and Dr. Aaron Thompson, a vice president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecond-ary Education, who has previously served RPD as an independent consultant.
In November, Mott became RPD’s first officer to complete the three-month leadership course taught by the Southern Police Institute in Louisville. Because he already held a bachelor’s degree in police administration from Eastern Kentucky University, Mott was able to take graduate-level courses with the institute that attracts students from abroad as well as the United States.
After completing the training he said he had learned much about how other police agencies operate, both in the the U.S. and internationally.
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