LOUISVILLE, Ky. — What will it take to become the next Louisville Police Chief?

This week Mayor Greg Fischer announced the job position for Louisville’s next top cop has been officially posted and a D.C.-based firm would help conduct the national search.

The non-profit organization Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is leading the search and according to the official job post the new Louisville Police Chief must have at least seven years of “progressively responsible experience in law enforcement including 2 years in a leadership role.”

The job post also states, “the successful candidate must have the ability to effectively engage and build trust in the community and with the members of the Louisville Metro Police Department.

The post also states the city is seeking: “reform-minded applicants for the position of police chief. The city is looking for a proven leader who is committed to professional, ethical, and accountable policing, and who supports and has experience with best practices in the profession.”  

“The PERF team not only has in-depth knowledge and understanding of policing issues but vast experience in conducting or assisting with over 100 police executive searches in the past 2 decades,” Amy Hess, Louisville’s Chief of Public Services said. 

Salary and benefits are negotiable according to the job description and the base salary of the previous Louisville police chief was $175,000.00 annually.

“ I feel the next police chief has to be the best person for the job whether it’s him or her. You never know what’s going to happen when you start a process like this,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.