DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced Robert C. White as the new Police Chief.
White, 59, currently is the Chief of Police for the Louisville Metro Police Department in Louisville, Kentucky. He has served as Chief since 2003, leading a consolidation that brought together the Louisville and Jefferson County police departments.
“The Police Chief is one of the most important positions in my administration,” Mayor Hancock said. “Chief White comes with a considerable amount of experience in developing police-community relationships that have earned him a high level of respect nationally. With the addition of Chief White and Alex Martinez to the safety team, I now have the needed leadership to implement my vision of restoring public trust in the department and delivering to the people of Denver an even better police force.”
“I also want to sincerely thank Chief Gerry Whitman for his commitment and dedication to the citizens of Denver. Our city is a safer place because of him,” Mayor Hancock said.
With more than 40 years of law enforcement experience, Chief White was selected for his proven ability to transform the police department culture in Louisville, and for his success with restoring community confidence.
White began his career with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. where he spent 25 years rising through the ranks before being tapped to create and lead an independent Housing Authority Police Department for the District of Columbia in 1995. In 1997, he returned to the Metropolitan Police Department as the Assistant Chief of Patrol Operations for a year before becoming the police chief in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has served as Chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department since 2003.
“Chief White has been a high-caliber leader who has made our city safer and who has earned tremendous respect across the city,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. “It’s not a surprise that, over the years, many cities have tried to hire him. Denver is gaining a police chief of high integrity.”
White is renowned for developing strong partnerships in the community and implementing best practices from around the nation in police departments where he has served. Crime prevention has been the focus of his efforts to improve police services.
“I am honored to join Mayor Hancock’s law enforcement team,” said Chief White. “We share the same values around building a world-class police department. We both believe the primary responsibility of police is the prevention of crime, and that you can only achieve success through collaboration with your community. We have to have their trust and we have to create opportunities for them to work with us.”
“Chief White will be a great addition to our new law enforcement team,” said incoming Manager of Safety Alex Martinez. “Under the leadership of the mayor, this team will be relentless in pursuing a high level of safety for the citizens of Denver. Chief White will play a critical role in helping to ensure we are successful."
As defined by charter, Chief White’s contract is contingent upon City Council approval.