WKU names new police chief

Mitchell Walker, pictured here after being named WKU’s new interim chief of police in August 2016, is now WKU’s new police chief. 

Mason Davis

Mitchell L. Walker has been named the new police chief at WKU. The university made the announcement Sept. 13, on their website.

“I thank God for giving me the opportunity to serve as Chief of Police at WKU. I want to thank my wife Tonya, daughter Olivia and son Shawn for their support,” he said in the university’s brief.

Walker served as the interim police chief as of Aug. 12, 2016, following the retirement of Chief Robert Deane. Vice President for Student Affairs Brian Kuster asked Walker to join the interim position.

Walker began his career in his hometown of Burkesville, Kentucky. Six years later he joined the Bowling Green Police Department. In 2012, he joined the WKUPD, and has been working at WKU since.

As newly appointed police chief, Walker will be organising a WKU Chief’s advisory team, an idea he had mentioned previously, which will include students, faculty and staff, to help with decisions that will benefit the community as a whole.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Brian Kuster’s name. It has since been corrected. The Herald regrets the error.