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Bellevue Police Chief Named City Advocate of the Year

Bellevue Police Chief Wayne Turner was named City Advocate of the Year by the Kentucky League of Cities.

The KLC is in Covington this week for its annual conference and expo.

The city advocate award is given to a city official who goes above and beyond to advocate for the state's 417 cities.

“It is an honor to work with Chief Turner as we advocate for Kentucky cities,” said KLC deputy executive director J.D. Chaney. “I am thrilled he is being recognized for his hard work in Frankfort, where he is instrumental in helping us bring city issues and needs to the forefront with state legislators. As a representative of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police, Chief Turner has helped bring the Association together with KLC and has testified on behalf of many KLC initiatives. He continues to be a vital, vocal supporter of separating CERS.”

“I am grateful to the Kentucky League of Cities for the opportunity to help make communities safer and for this recognition,” said Chief Turner. “It’s a privilege to get to tell lawmakers about proposals that will improve law enforcement in cities like mine. I’m honored to work alongside J.D. and KLC governmental affairs manager Bryanna Carroll as we work to improve first responder services while protecting our communities. We’ll continue to support initiatives that provide for secure, fiscally responsible cities.”

Chief Turner is a member of the KLC Board of Directors. Jonathan Steiner, executive director/CEO of the Kentucky League of Cities thanked Chief Turner for his service to his community and KLC. “Chief Turner is instrumental in helping us build better communities in Kentucky. He has been the voice of law enforcement for KLC many times in Frankfort. We are proud to have him on our Board and proud to recognize him as the 2017 ‘City Advocate of the Year’.” 

Turner was named Police Chief of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police in August, and in January was recognized for his leadership by the Northern Kentucky Police Chiefs Association.

Founded in 1927, the Kentucky League of Cities is a membership association of more than 370 cities across the commonwealth.

-Staff report

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