From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)
Swope, William "Bill", Jr.
In April 2008, Bill Swope became the first African American to be named the State Fire Marshal for Kentucky. The appointment was made by Governor Steven Beashear. At the time of the appointment, Bill Swope was a 23 year veteran of the Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services. For more information see "Meet the state fire marshall," NASFM News, May 2009 [online .pdf]; see "State fire marshall named" a Department of Public Protection news release 04/06/2008 at the Kentucky.gov website.