Woodford County

James Fugate is confirmed as Versailles police chief

VERSAILLES — James Fugate was named Tuesday as the new Versailles police chief to succeed John Wilhoit, who is retiring Oct. 31.

Versailles City Council unanimously confirmed Fugate, who was Mayor Brian Traugott's choice for chief.

Fugate, who is now assistant chief, was not able to be at Tuesday's council meeting.

"He knows the department. He knows the community," Traugott said.

Fugate, 43, has been with the Versailles department since January 1999. He served as a detective for eight years before being named assistant chief in May 2011.

Before joining the Versailles department, Fugate was with the Nicholasville police department for two years.

Wilhoit, 55, was sworn in as chief in October 2005, although he had been acting chief since August 2005.

Since a May 2004 merger with Woodford County Police, the Versailles Police Department responds to calls not only within the city limits of Versailles, but to Midway and the unincorporated areas of Woodford County.

The department has 43 employees —36 are full-time; the rest are part-time or seasonal — and a $4.1 million budget.