(Leitchfield, KY) – “I really can’t believe that I’m the Chief of Police of Leitchfield, it’s really surreal and I’m honored the mayor and the council gave me the chance to do it,” said a humbled Kevin Henderson.
During the Leitchfield City Council meeting Monday evening, Mayor William Thomason and the six panel council emerged from an executive session with the mayor announcing the vacant position left by a retiring Chief Bart Glenn would be filled by Henderson.
Henderson, a 1988 graduate of Grayson County High School, has a long history in law enforcement that began in Edmonson County when he joined the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Department in 1991.
Before his law enforcement career began, Henderson worked for the Edmonson County and Grayson County EMS from 1988 – 1991 while studying Police Administration at WKU before transferring to EKU.
After leaving the ECSO, Henderson attended the Dept. of Criminal Justice Training in 1993 receiving a certificate for Basic Police Science.
After brief employment at the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department, he transferred to the Leitchfield Police Department in 1993, where he worked until he graduated the Kentucky State Police Academy in 2005 and transferred to the KSP Post 4 area.
In 2009, Henderson was promoted to Detective and worked undercover narcotics for the KSP Post 4 eight county area. He has worked collectively with the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Drug Task Force, which is one of his first goals as the new chief.
Taking the reins on April 1, 2013, Henderson said he would like to fill the vacant spot left behind by Captain Todd Cave, and assign an officer to work with the drug task force.
“Prescription abuse is the biggest problem we face here; meth is bad but not near the problem that prescription abuse is. Good people are addicted to pain killers,” said Henderson.
The new chief also aspires to unite with other agencies such as the fire departments, sheriff’s department and KSP to provide community programs such as “Safe Town,” which would provide identification cards for children, and add a drug program to the school system, similar to the “Here’s Looking At You” program taught by Trooper Norman Chaffins with KSP.
Henderson said he wants to start off strong and reinforce confidence in the community and the idea that the city is protected by its police department. “We are here to sale a service and that is public service. I plan to have an open door policy,” stated Henderson.
With five children of his own, Henderson said he has a genuine concern for the department because he’s a stakeholder in how the community turns out, which is something he says won’t change even after his children graduate.