Local News Next Louisville

By Rick Howlett

Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White is one of six finalists for the chief’s job at the Dallas Police Department.

White is one of three people from outside the Dallas department under consideration along with police chiefs from San Jose, California and Austin, Texas.

The three other finalists are assistants to Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle, who’s retiring next month.

White was hired by Mayor Jerry Abramson to lead the merged city/county police department in 2003. Abramson is not seeking re-election, so White’s future in Louisville is uncertain after this year.

White said in a statement that he’s pleased to be a finalist for the job, but he’s fully committed to his current position, and there’s still much work to be done in Louisville.

Abramson also released a statement, calling White one of America’s best police chiefs, adding that he hopes White stays in Louisville until he’s “too old to carry a gun.”

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."