Police Chief Begins New Job

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

The new police chief in Cumberland says he's ready to move forward despite an ongoing controversy about how the last chief was demoted.

WYMT's Dara Rees talked with the new chief and the former one on Monday night.

Retired state police trooper and former Leslie County Sheriff Fred Davidson says he was pretty much hired on the spot on Friday as the new chief for the Cumberland Police Department.

On his first day on the job, Davidson says he hopes he can do what's best for the city.

Fred Davidson says he spent most of the day getting to know his new patrolmen.

“I enjoy law enforcement. It will be something I've not done for a while and I'll be anxious to get started,” Chief Davidson said.

The former chief, Derek Akal says the news of his demotion came as a shock, and is now making it tougher on his family.

“It's rough, because it's going to take some food off the table. It's changed a lot of things, going from chief to patrolman, it's kinda humiliating but I'll survive, it's just a bump in the road and I'll move on,” Akal said.

Akal says the support from the city is overwhelming and people come up to him daily showing their support and wishing him the best.

“I filed a grievance with the city and hope to be heard in the next couple of weeks. Other than that all I can do is come to work like I'm supposed to,” Akal said.

Other Cumberland officers say the stress of the situation is making it harder to do their jobs, but the new chief says he doesn't expect there to be any problems in the department.

“These guys are professional. They've been through the academy, well trained, most of them's got 4-5 years experience. So I don't foresee any problems at all,” Chief Davidson said.

With the hiring of Davidson, the number of officers in the Cumberland department now stands at five.

City council members say with the current budget, they can hire one more officer.

Former Chief Derrick Akal says he hopes to have the grievance hearing by the end of this month.

We tried reaching Mayor Loretta Cornett by phone, but she was not available for comment.


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  • by A concerned citizen on Jun 17, 2008 at 09:14 AM
    I have to wonder why this man took this job. Anyone would have to be up for drama to work in the City of Cumberland. I suspect it won't be long before he's being used as a pawn. Then again, with the lawsuits expected from Ms. Cornett's dictator like running of the city, they won't be able to afford a police dept. because they'll be paying lawyers. It never ceases to amaze me when ELECTED officials serve their own agenda instead of the voters that elected them. Once again Ms. Cornett has made our little area the brunt of jokes statewide. She's not a credit to this area and should be ashamed of herself. I know I'm ashamed of her.
  • by Angi on Jun 17, 2008 at 06:56 AM
    The mayor needs to explain herself. The people in the city of Cumberland have a right to know what is going on in there government.
  • by j Location: pike on Jun 17, 2008 at 06:05 AM
    I hope he has kept all his training up after he retired. If he did not he will have to go back to training, or he cant be an officer. If you dont belive it check the law. If a law enforencement officer does not keep his training up to date he has to go back to re-train..
  • by grumpy on Jun 17, 2008 at 05:08 AM
    come to cumberlin and see the small town politics at work
  • by bill Location: eastern,ky on Jun 16, 2008 at 08:29 PM
    Good luck to the chief..Something dosnt smell right at all.

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