Kraeszig restructuring police administration

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New chief wants second captain

By Randy Patrick

The Bardstown Police Department is being restructured again.

Chief Kim Kraeszig sought the City Council’s approval Tuesday night to have a second assistant chief’s position.

Capt. Charles David Marksbury, who was the city’s police chief from 2000 to 2011, was the interim chief at the time Kraeszig was hired and was made assistant chief at the same time. But Kraeszig told the Bardstown City Council and Mayor Dick Heaton Tuesday night that she wants to make Marksbury’s role mostly administrative and hire a second captain as an assistant chief for operations.

This would be accomplished by amending the city’s compensation and classification plan to change the open lieutenant’s position to a second authorized captain’s post. Kraeszig said the assistant chief for operations would be an experienced officer who would work a varied schedule and be out on the streets supervising “every platoon,” including the sergeants.

“Policing,” Kraeszig said, “is a 24/7 operation, and with that, you have to have command and control to adequately supervise,” she said.

Kraeszig, who retired this summer as an assistant chief for the Louisville Metro Police before accepting the job as chief of police for Bardstown, is looking for someone who has the kind of broad experience she has: in criminal investigation, narcotics, homicide, detective work, tactical operations and patrol.

A police captain is a grade 116 position, three up from a lieutenant. It pays between $23.85 to $35.78 an hour or $49,610 to $74,415 a year.

There was no discussion of how to pay for the position except that the lieutenant’s job, which became vacant when former Lt. Brad Gillock left the department earlier this year to become a state trooper, won’t be filled.

Councilwoman Kecia Copeland said she liked the idea and that she had confidence in Kraeszig and her plans for the department.

Councilman David Dones asked Kraeszig what she would be giving up by not filling the lieutenant’s position, and she didn’t directly answer, but reiterated that the second captain would be working some days and some nights as a supervisor.

In response to a question about training, Kraeszig said it’s going to be a priority.

“Training is critical. It reduces our liability as an agency of the city, and that will be a top priority that we continue to do every single day,” she said.