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After several hours and two rounds of formal interviews, the Taylorsville City Commission named Phil Crumpton as its new police chief by a 5-0 vote pending an agreement regarding salary and benefits Friday afternoon.
Crumpton, who is currently a major/operations officer for the City of Wilmore Police Department is no stranger to Spencer County. Crumpton said that he began his career with the Kentucky State Police as a patrol officer working in Spencer and Shelby counties in 1991.
“It feels good, I am real excited for the opportunity,” Crumpton said. “Spencer County has been like a second home to me, it is like coming home.”
Crumpton said that he spent 11 years serving in the county before being promoted to the media relations department of KSP. He served in that capacity until he was promoted to Captain and and served one year as the post commander in Bowling Green.
“Captain is the highest rank you can earn in KSP,” Crumpton said. “I am honored that I was able to progress through the ranks of KSP. I worked very hard to move up.”
Crumpton was later chosen to be the commander of the Kentucky State Police Academy, a position he held until 2012 when he retired from KSP.
Crumpton said that when the position of police chief in Taylorsville came open he jumped at the chance.
“I always really enjoyed working in Spencer County,” Crumpton said. “It is the type of place where you can go to work and enjoy your job.”
One of Crumpton’s fondest memories was working on programs in the local schools.
“We had a very successful DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program in Spencer County,” he said.
“I believe in transparency,” he said. “I may not always do the most popular thing but I will always do the right thing.”
City officials are expected to meet again Thursday to finalize Crumpton’s pay and benefits.