Owensboro police chief named president of KACP

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – Owensboro Chief of Police Art Ealum has been elected president of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police.

Ealum is an Evansville native.

He was named KACP Chief of the Year in 2018 and he assumed the presidency in late July during the KACP Annual Conference, which was held in Owensboro.

Ealum succeeds Independence Police Chief Tony Lucas for the one-year term.

Ealum is the first African-American to serve as KACP president.

“It is an honor to serve as the KACP president and exceptionally humbling to serve as the first African-American KACP president,” Chief Ealum said. “It truly is something worthy of celebration. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my brothers and sisters in the chief’s association have never treated me as anything as a peer, mentor, and a friend.”

“This is truly a crowning moment in my career; however, this is not a career-defining moment,” Chief Ealum said. “My personal philosophy is that you are only as good as what you did yesterday; therefore, you should continue to push forward, always striving to do bigger and better things. For me, those ‘bigger and better things’ consist of setting the example for others to follow, shattering those glass ceilings that still exist and being a catalyst for change.”

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(This story was originally published August 19, 2019)

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