New police chief named

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By Becky Barnes

Having served for three months as acting Chief of Police, Ray Johnson officially stepped into the role on Wednesday morning.

Johnson has been with the Cynthiana Police Department since 1991; first as an auxiliary officer then in 1993 as a patrolman. Five years later, he was promoted to sergeant and in 2004 to assistant chief.

Johnson was one of several applicants for the position.

“We got a good man,” said James Martin, safety commissioner.

Martin made the motion to promote Johnson at Tuesday’s city commission following a lengthy closed session. The commission’s vote was unanimous.

“My goal is to get the police department back to where it needs to be,” Johnson said Tuesday night following his promotion. “What we’re going to do will be noticeable.”

Johnson, who has worked his share of all three shifts, will continue to be visible during those shifts. He said that by virtue of the job, he will be more so during the day shift.

“I know the demands and needs of this community and the department. I want to meet changes and try to implement some new programs that relate to our community.”

Johnson said his first order of business will be to address concerns of the citizens.

He is also looking to bring the department to full staff. Two officers started their academy training on Monday and will soon be road ready. There remain three openings that Johnson said he is hopeful can be filled soon.

“It’s a timely process,” Johnson said. “We want to get someone who will stay here.”

Following Tuesday’s meeting, former police chief Steve Muntz was on hand to pass the chief’s shield to Johnson and offer his congratulations.

“It’s well deserved,” Muntz said.

Johnson and his wife Janeanne live on Hedges Lane. They have four sons: Scott, Ray Jr., Chris and Bobby; and two granddaughters: Madison, 8, and Peyton Rae, 8 weeks.