Thursday, March 22, 2018

BREAKING: Casey Kilgore Named Fort Thomas Chief of Police


Fort Thomas Police Chief Mike Daly has publicly announced that he plans to retire after 27 years of service. Chief Daly will retire on July 31, 2018. Daly has served as the Fort Thomas Police Chief since August 1, 2005.

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Lieutenant Casey Kilgore has been named as Daly’s successor. Kilgore has been with the Fort Thomas Police Department since November of 2000.  He has spent his entire police career with the City of Fort Thomas. He currently serves as the first shift Patrol Lieutenant.  Lieutenant Kilgore has earned his Bachelor's Degree in Criminology from Ohio University, and his Master's Degree in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University.  While working on his Master’s Degree, Kilgore implemented a comprehensive community survey that allowed multiple stakeholders to share their input with the Fort Thomas Police Department.  He has proudly served the citizens of Fort Thomas as a Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Field Training Officer, SWAT Team Commander, Media Officer, and Bike Patrol Officer.

RELATED: Casey Kilgore is Named Grand Marshal for 2016 4th of July Parade 


Lieutenant Kilgore has attended several police leadership courses to prepare himself to lead the police department.  These include School of Strategic Leadership, Criminal Justice Executive Development, the Academy of Police Supervision, and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  He is a member of the Campbell County Police Chiefs Association, the Northern Kentucky Police Chiefs Association, and he serves as the Vice President on the Executive Board of the FBI National Academy, Kentucky Chapter.


After much discussion over the last few months, Mayor Eric Haas, Mr. Ron Dill C.A.O., and Fort Thomas Council Members concluded that Lieutenant Casey Kilgore is the most qualified candidate and best fit to lead the Fort Thomas Police Department into the future. With such an impressive candidate within the department, there was consensus that a lengthy and costly external search for a new chief was not necessary. The promotion of Casey will allow for an easy and effective leadership transition.


Mayor Haas stated, “We are grateful to Chief Daly for his dedication and distinguished service as our Police Chief over the last thirteen years. His leadership in the department has not only created an excellent force, it has put us in a wonderful position of having a highly qualified candidate in Casey Kilgore to lead our department.”

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