Henderson Seal 01 300HENDERSON, Ky. (9/11/18) — The city of Henderson Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the hiring of Henderson Police Department veteran Heath Cox as chief of police at a meeting held today.

Cox, who joined the HPD in 2001, grew up in Henderson and graduated from Henderson County High School in 1998. He will take over a police chief duties Wednesday.

In his 17 years with the local police force, Cox has been a patrol officer, an investigator, a school resource officer at HCHS and a training officer. He credits that broad range of community policing experience with building the foundation and the relationships that will help him lead and guide the HPD.

“I’ve been blessed to work in different areas of the department,” he said, adding that the working relationships formed within the HPD through the years are very strong. “They know me and I know them.”

Cox said the four years he spent at HCHS was especially beneficial in giving him the right perspective on policing in a community like Henderson.

“Sometimes it’s easy for a police officer to think you’re the only one trying to make a difference,” Cox said. “But there are lots of good people in the community and in the school system making a difference. The police department is one spoke in the wheel.”

In other business, the board:

• Passed on second reading an ordinance adopting the name Henderson Water Utility (HWU) for normal daily business under the management and control of the Water and Sewer Commission of the city of Henderson.

• Passed on first reading an ordinance accepting improvements of sidewalk, curbs and gutters in Merrill Place Commercial Subdivision on Barret Boulevard.

• Passed on first reading an update on the Zoning ordinance to require a permit for an above ground pool addition.

• Passed on first reading the 2019 budget and appropriations ordinance to make adjustments in several areas.

• Passed on first reading the ordinance providing for the levy and collection of ad valorem taxes. Both real property and personal property rates will remain the same as last year.

• Passed a resolution declaring the Fire Department’s ladder truck that was replaced earlier this year as surplus property.

Discussed proposed covenants and names for the city’s new industrial park being developed on Borax Drive. Commissioners seemed to favor the proposed name Henderson Technology and Industry Plaza, but it will be officially approved at a future meeting.

City Manager Buzzy Newman updated the commissioners about the golf course project being discussed at the former Player’s Club property, but no official plan or action was taken.

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