Saturday, September 16, 2000

New chief promoted from ranks


Montgomery picks 19-year city veteran

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MONTGOMERY — Kirk Nordbloom, a 19-year veteran of the police department, was named police chief by City Manager Cheryl Hilvert Friday.

        Chief Nordbloom, 43, said his immediate goal for the department is to increase problem-solving tactics rather than reacting to issues as they arise.

        “There are a lot of quality of life issues in Montgomery ... from noise issues ... to traffic and road problems. There are places where some of our business areas are encroaching on our residential neighborhoods where sound carries and noise is becoming a problem.

        “When we respond to auto accidents, instead of just taking a report and issuing a citation — particularly at a place where accidents occur frequently — police can help identify the underlying reasons why the accidents are happening” and effect change, he said.

        “Traffic congestion is another quality of life issue in Montgomery. By working with neighboring departments and communities, I believe we can help ease that problem, too.”

        As a lieutenant, Chief Nordbloom developed a field training program for the 20-member department and instituted a bicycle patrol to bring officers in closer contact with residents and business owners. He said he intends to improve programs such as neighborhood watch.

        “Kirk was clearly the candidate who best meets our needs to oversee our department, provide the services our community expects and the leadership I was looking for,” Mrs. Hilvert said. “This was not an easy choice and I did not make up my mind until the (selection) process was completed.

        “We had several applicants who were well qualified but Kirk excelled in the interview process,” Mrs. Hilvert said.

        The chief's salary is negotiable up to a maximum of $64,644, Ms. Hilvert said.

        Chief Nordbloom succeeds Don McGlothlin, who retired July 7. Chief McGlothlin led the department since 1991, and was with Montgomery police for 27 years.

        Chief Nordbloom, who lives in Mason with his wife, Patty, and daughter, Katie, 5, joined Montgomery police in 1981, became sergeant in 1987, and was promoted to lieutenant and assistant chief in February 1998. He has overseen criminal and internal operations, recruiting, department budgets, training, scheduling and staff development.

        The new chief also is an assistant team leader for the Hamilton County Special Weapons and Tactics Team. He earned an associate's degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

        “Kirk is a very professional individual who will be consistent and fair. He comes in with a lot of progressive, new ideas and concepts,” said Fire Chief Paul Wright, who served on the selection advisory committee to the city manager. “He knows our community and has a proactive approach to law enforcement,” Chief Wright said.

        Sgt. Ron Fread, a member of the department's union negotiating team represented by the Fraternal Order of Police Ohio Labor Council, said Chief Nordbloom “has the entire support of the department. All along, we felt Kirk was the man for the job.”

       



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