LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
London Police Department officially has a new chief of police.
Derek House, a 19 year veteran of the London Police Department was named chief Tuesday morning.
House is a Laurel County native who began his career in law-enforcement with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office where he served three years as a K-9 Unit Officer.
He is a certified hostage negotiator, a graduate of police executive command school, and a coordinator of the DARE program in Laurel County.
House served the London Community as assistant chief of police for two years, but after former Chief Stewart Walker resigned in May, he took the responsibilities of acting chief while the city began the selection process for a new candidate.
Mayor Troy Rudder made the decision to promote House effective July 1 and had the support of several members of London’s City Council.
“He’s a fine man, he’ll make a good chief,” said city council member Danny Phelps. “He’s dedicated and has a lot of experience. I’m confident that he’ll do a good job.”
Throughout the years, House recieved several offers from other law-enforcement agencies to join their team, but he said that he couldn’t turn his back on the community that he calls home.
“London is home, my family is here, it’s where I grew up,” House said. “Not that I wasn’t tempted by some of the offers, but when it comes down to it, home is home.”
House and his wife Stephanie, an employee with the Kentucky Court of Appeals, have two daughters, Haley, a junior at South Laurel High School and Lindsey Reese.
Looking back on his career House said that he has always enjoyed working with the public. He said that interaction with the people of London is what really makes his job worthwhile.
“The best part of being a police officer is being able to help people out, that’s what should really matter in this line of work,” House said. “I loved being a street sergeant because it gave me the chance to really interact with people. I’m really looking forward to serving the community as chief.”