A Lexington assistant police chief has been selected as the police chief for Georgetown, Mayor Everette Varney announced Wednesday.
Michael D. Bosse has accepted an offer, and pending final pre-employment checks, he is to join the Georgetown department on April 16, according to a release from Varney's office.
"I am very excited to have him join our team and feel confident that he will lead our police department with integrity and competency," Varney said in a statement.
"We want to work together to provide the best police service to the people of Georgetown," Bosse said in an interview Wednesday.
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The date for Bosse's swearing-in has not been set.
Bosse, 53, succeeds Greg Reeves, whom Varney relieved of duties on Feb. 2. Reeves had been chief since March 2004. He joined the Georgetown department in 1983.
Bosse acknowledged "there have been some distractions" for the Georgetown department.
"Really, my intent is to come in and to work with as professional an environment as we can create within the Georgetown Police Department and provide the top level of service," Bosse said. "I think we'll be able to spend quite a bit more personal time with the individual officers than I can here. I think maybe that's needed. They need to feel that they are being heard by the people at the top of the agency, and that they have a voice, and that there are some open doors at the top of the agency."
Bosse, a native of Hamilton County, Ohio, received a bachelor's degree in police administration from Eastern Kentucky University and graduated with high distinction.
He also graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy.
Bosse joined the Lexington Division of Police on Valentine's Day, 1983, and has held a variety of positions since. He is an assistant chief in the Bureau of Patrol, where he commands 215 patrol officers, 36 sergeants, 12 lieutenants and three commanders. (The Georgetown department has 49 sworn officers.)
Bosse also has been a member of the Lexington chief's command staff for the past 10 years.
He was one of three internal candidates who sought to succeed Anthany Beatty as Lexington's police chief in 2007. Then-Mayor Jim Newberry picked Ronnie Bastin, who was sworn in as chief in January 2008. (The third candidate, Kevin Sutton, was sworn in as chief of the Paris Police Department in 2010.)
Bosse said he asked Bastin about whether to pursue the Georgetown position before he submitted a résumé.
Bastin "set as his goal to assist people on his staff with other professional development opportunities in other places," Bosse said.
He and his wife, Holly, have two daughters and a son.