From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

White, Robert C.

(born: 1952) 

Robert C. White was the first African American police chief of the newly formed Louisville Metro Police Department in Louisville, KY. Born in Richmond, VA, he began his career in Washington, D.C. In 1995, he was named the first police chief of the D.C. Housing Authority Police Department.

In 2003, he became the first African American police chief in Metro Louisville, KY. White came to Louisville from Greensboro, NC, where he had been the police chief. He is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia and Johns Hopkins University.

In 2011, Robert C. White left Kentucky to become the Chief of Police in Denver, CO; he retired from that position in 2018. In October of 2019, he was the interim Police Chief in Asheville, NC.

For more see G. Josephstaff, "Chief Robert White: new leader set to take reins," Courier-Journal, 1/5/2003, News section, p. 01A; "Louisville, KY, gets first Black police chief," Jet, vol. 103, issue 3 (1/13/2003), p. 19 [available full text at Google Books]; and Chief Robert White in Who's Who of Black Louisville, Inaugural Edition, pp. 66-67.
See also Gerth, Joseph, "Strike One: Mayor Greg Fischer swings for one police chief and misses," June 11, 2020, at the Courier Journal website.

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NKAA Source: Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Who's who in black Louisville (serial)
NKAA Source: Jet (periodical)

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