Mayor Names Po­lice Chief


Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

LIN­COLN — Mayor Rob Hulse an­nounced Satur­day that Ken­neth Al­bright with the Wash­ing­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice will be the city’s new chief of po­lice.

Al­bright, a life-long res­i­dent of Lin­coln, has been with the sher­iff’s of­fice since 2004. Presently, he is a sergeant in crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions, court ser­vices and pa­trol. He also has worked as a de­tec­tive with the sher­iff’s of­fice, a pa­trol of­fi­cer and com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer.

In a post on the city of Lin­coln’s Face­book page, Hulse said Al­bright’s “lead­er­ship and ex­pe­ri­ence will be a great as­set to the Lin­coln Po­lice Depart­ment.” Hulse could not be reached Mon­day for ad­di­tional com­ments on his de­ci­sion.

Al­bright’s law en­force­ment ex­pe­ri­ence also in­cludes work­ing for Lin­coln Po­lice Depart­ment from 1999-2003 and work­ing as a jail deputy with the sher­iff’s of­fice from 1998-1999.

Al­bright be­came a mem­ber of Lin­coln School Board in July and was ap­pointed to fill a va­cancy cre­ated by the res­ig­na­tion of Lisa Reed. He served on Lin­coln City Coun­cil for about two years. He first was ap­pointed to fill a va­cancy and then was elected to of­fice

in 2010. Al­bright re­signed his Coun­cil po­si­tion dur­ing his term be­cause of work and school com­mit­ments.

Al­bright was one of three can­di­dates in­ter­viewed for the po­si­tion last week by the Lin­coln Po­lice Com­mit­tee.

The com­mit­tee went into ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion Nov. 5 for the in­ter­views and did not take any ac­tion in pub­lic af­ter­ward. Com­mit­tee mem­bers are City Coun­cil mem­bers Bobby McDon­ald (who was ab­sent), Johnny Stow­ers and Gary Eoff. Hulse also was in the ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion.

Sev­eral other City Coun­cil mem­bers were present at the be­gin­ning of the meet­ing but Hulse told them the only ones al­lowed in the ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion would be com­mit­tee mem­bers, the mayor and each ap­pli­cant. The com­mit­tee in­ter­viewed each can­di­date for about 45 min­utes, Hulse said.

Along with Al­bright, the com­mit­tee also in­ter­viewed Wil­liam Red­fern, a for­mer de­tec­tive with Farm­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment and a for­mer Lin­coln po­lice of­fi­cer, and Jerry Bowen, a sergeant with John­son Po­lice Depart­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Al­bright’s re­sume, he has an as­so­ciate’s de­gree in crim­i­nal jus­tice from North­west Arkansas Com­mu­nity Col­lege and a bach­e­lor of sci­ence de­gree in or­ga­ni­za­tional man­age­ment from John Brown Univer­sity in Siloam Springs.

His awards and pro­fes­sional mem­ber­ships in­clude Wash­ing­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Unit Ci­ta­tion, sher­iff’s of­fice Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Award and a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion from the sher­iff’s of­fice.

Al­bright is a for­mer mem­ber of the Arkansas Army Na­tional Guard and re­ceived two Army achieve­ment medals.

Ac­cord­ing to Al­bright’s re­sume, his skills and qual­i­fi­ca­tions in­clude cer­ti­fied law en­force­ment in­struc­tor, cer­ti­fied field train­ing of­fi­cer, in­for­mant man­age­ment, ba­sic crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions, child abuse in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­tive shooter train­ing, lead­er­ship con­fer­ence and ad­vanced crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

He is a cer­ti­fied law en­force­ment of­fi­cer with ba­sic, gen­eral, in­ter­me­di­ate, ad­vanced and se­nior cer­tifi­cates.

Hulse last week said the in­ter­views with the three can­di­dates went well and that he was im­pressed with the pro­fes­sion­al­ism, qual­ity and knowl­edge of all three men.

“All three are pretty solid,” Hulse said.

The city was in the process of find­ing a new po­lice chief after Hulse fired for­mer Chief Brian Key last month. Key is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Arkansas State Po­lice. No in­for­ma­tion has been re­leased yet about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion or why Key was fired.

Last week, Hulse said he be­lieved it was im­por­tant to hire a new po­lice chief as soon as pos­si­ble.

“It’s im­por­tant for me to go ahead and get the right per­son in there so we can start re­build­ing in the com­mu­nity,” Hulse said. “We want to start re­build­ing that trust and reaf­firm­ing that in­tegrity.”

Re­sumes for the other can­di­dates showed that Red­fern worked for Farm­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment from April 2012 to July 2017. He also served as a law en­force­ment gen­er­al­ist in Haiti with PAE Govern­ment Ser­vices United Na­tions Mis­sion from Novem­ber 2010 to March 2012. He worked for Lin­coln Po­lice Depart­ment in 2001 and as an in­ter­na­tional po­lice ad­vi­sor for DynCorp In­ter­na­tional LLC in Bagh­dad, Iraq, from De­cem­ber 2007 to De­cem­ber 2008.

Bowen has been with John­son po­lice since Novem­ber 2012. He’s served as a sergeant since Jan­uary 2015, and su­per­vises a pa­trol divi­sion of six to eight of­fi­cers and has taken on the role of in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Bowen served with the mil­i­tary po­lice for the U.S. Army Re­serve for eight years. He was with Farm­ing­ton po­lice from April 2005 to Novem­ber 2012 and served as a cor­po­ral, K9 of­fi­cer and pa­trol of­fi­cer in Farm­ing­ton. Bowen also worked for Wash­ing­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and the de­ten­tion cen­ter.

Presently, for­mer Chief Rus­sell Mor­phis is serv­ing as in­terim po­lice chief.


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