Gary Lewis

The University of Louisville Police Department named Gary Lewis as its newest police chief, according to a news release from the university.

He is the first African American ULPD chief, a UofL spokesman told Insider.

Lewis currently holds the chief of police role at Cleveland State University, where he has been chief since 2015. He will be the first permanent chief since May 2017, when former chief Wayne Hall retired.

“I hope to bring new energy and new ideas to an already outstanding organization,” Lewis said in the release. “Together, we will work with students, faculty and staff on all our campuses, combining leading-edge techniques with strong experience in community policing to ensure the safest campus for the university community.”

Interim chief Kenny Brown will return to his previous role as assistant chief when Lewis starts on Aug. 1, the release said.

Lewis’ prior positions include posts with the Ohio State Highway Patrol in both Columbus and Lancaster, according to the release, working in the former to boost connections with urban communities. He also worked as a senior director for public relations at The Ohio State University before moving to Cleveland State.

As ULPD chief, Lewis will oversee the police force that covers the UofL campus, more than 20,000 students and select off-campus student housing options.

Before joining Insider Louisville, Krauth was a multiplatform reporter at TechRepublic, where she wrote news stories and features about the intersection of technology and business. Krauth is a graduate of the University of Louisville, where she was an award-winning editor of The Louisville Cardinal and obtained a degree in investigative journalism, with a minor in Russian studies. She completed a prestigious Dow Jones data internship at the Austin American-Statesman last summer. Email Olivia at [email protected]


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