|Fort Thomas Police Chief Casey Kilgore, who retired in November 2019, has returned to his position.|
By Robin Gee, City Council Beat Editor
Casey Kilgore has returned! He was named chief of police for the city of Fort Thomas for a second time at a special meeting of council held April 6.
Due to a change in the state retirement system, Kilgore decided to leave his position as police chief for the city in November 2019, a position he had held since 2018. Kilgore joined the department in 2000 and had worked his way up to the chief position.
The city discovered a way for Kilgore to return and asked if he would come back to his role as chief. He agreed, and at the special council meeting, Mayor Eric Haas issued a municipal order appointing him as police chief for the city of Fort Thomas.
Council members expressed sincere gratitude for the work that Lieutenant Brent Moening did leading and representing his department as interim chief of police. The mayor also issued an executive order reappointing him to his position as lieutenant.
“We have a great department and we’re really proud of what they do. Brent stepped up to the plate in the interim until when we figured out where we would land with our police chief...He did a perfect job. We are really pleased with the job that he did during that time, and we look forward to working with Brent in his previous role as administrative lieutenant in direct support of our chief,” said City Administrator Ron Dill.
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About Chief Kilgore
Until taking the early retirement in November last year, Kilgore had 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 holds a bachelor's degree in criminology from Ohio University, and a master's in public administration from Northern Kentucky University. While working on his master’s degree, he implemented a comprehensive community survey that allowed multiple stakeholders to share their input with the Fort Thomas Police Department. He has served Fort Thomas as a detective, sergeant, lieutenant, field training officer, SWAT team commander, media officer and bike patrol officer before taking over as chief in 2018.
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Welcome back, Chief Kilgore!