After just over two years as Leitchfield's Chief of Police, Greg Dennison announced Monday (3/5) he is retiring May 1.
Dennison told the Leitchfield City Council in closed session Monday at the council's regular meeting, and the council reported Bart Glenn, current assistant chief, will take charge of the department on May 1.
Dennison said he does not plan to quit working. He said he is taking a job with the Governor's Highway Safety Program, soon to be transferred to the State Transportation Department.
He said he will be a law enforcement liaison officer between the program and law enforcement agencies in Grayson County and the rest of Western Kentucky. He said his work will emphasize traffic safety law enforcement, including the state's new seat belt law, as well as DUI and speeding.
Dennison said after the meeting that “there's plenty of work to do in the new job.”
For example, he said about 3,000 Americans have been killed since the beginning of the Iraqi War, “but during the same time, over 200,000 have been killed on the nation's highways, the majority as a result of the three major killers -- not buckling up, DUI's and driving too fast.”
He said his work would be taking that message to local police departments and sheriff's offices in an effort to get more enforcement time spent on them.
Glenn, who was also at the council meeting, said there will be necessary shifts in positions within the department, the first being filling his old job. He said he would be working with the mayor over the coming two months on the reorganization.
Also at Monday's meeting, the council approved refinancing the bond issue for Spring View Health and Rehab Center.
Alicia Hensley, center manager, came to the meeting to outline the center's plans for expansion. She said refinancing the bond will “hopefully get us a better interest rate, that will help finance the expansion.”
She said the expansion could involve as much as $2 million and would include adding a new wing for offices and rehab services. Also, the center plans to add a 6-day-a-week adult day care service for up to 25 clients.
“We want to rearrange the center so that the front of the building faces the new Courts Complex, and we hope to have a less complicated and quicker access to the hospital next door, plus we want to work out something better than we have on the street entrance to the center,” she said.
The council approved the bond refinancing, after Hensley said the owners of Spring View were willing to invest $500,000 in the expansion.
In other action, the council: