Paducah police chief pinned with new badge

Paducah police chief pinned with new badge
The City of Paducah, Kentucky was formally pinned with his new police chief badge on January 10. (Source: Paducah PD)

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - The City of Paducah, Kentucky was formally pinned with his new police chief badge on January 10.

Brian Laird, 40, was named by the City Commission on Monday, December 17 to lead the department.

Laird replaces Chief Brandon Barnhill who will retire the end of December.

The new chief began his police career as a patrol officer with the Paducah Police Department in 2001. He’s served and supervised in all divisions of the department as detective, sergeant, captain and assistant chief.

“I am honored that the Paducah City Commission has placed their trust in me to lead the Paducah Police Department into the future,” Laird said. “Our department is among the best trained and most professional in the Commonwealth, and it will be my privilege to serve as chief of police.”

Laird is a graduate of Murray State University and the Univeristy of Louisville. He grew up in Metropolis, Illinois.

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