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Mayor Horrigan Appoints Kenneth Ball II as Police Chief


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt, Press Secretary
Published: 12-20-2017

Akron, Ohio, December 20, 217Mayor Dan Horrigan has named Kenneth (Ken) Ball II as the 16th Chief of the Akron Police Department. Chief Ball, a 26-year veteran of the Akron Police Department has served as provisional Chief since August 2017, following more than two years as a Deputy Chief.

“In selecting our next Police Chief, I was looking for an individual of integrity who had demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement, even when that means challenging the status quo,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said of the appointment. “I have spoken with Ken at length about his plans to advance the use of technology and data within the Department. With the addition of Issue 4 funding, we have an opportunity to make long-term investments in equipment and technology that will improve the way we police our neighborhoods and prevent crime in our City.”

Chief Ball was selected following an internal search. Chief Ball started his career with the Department in 1991 and advanced through the ranks, working in each of the department’s three Sub-Divisions either as an officer or as a supervisor. Chief Ball is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, the Police Executive Leadership College and Leadership Akron Class 32. Ken and his wife of more than two decades live in West Akron and have three children.

“I look forward to the challenges and understand the significance of this appointment,” Chief Ball said. “My approach to this position will include continuous evaluation and improvement and a commitment to inclusion that is necessary and healthy for any successful organization. Serving all people fairly will be a bedrock of my tenure—both within the Department and in the community.”

“I have been impressed with Ken’s deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the Akron Police Department and our city,” Mayor Horrigan added. “I believe Ken will implement policies and practices that will advance community-police relations, deepen trust in our neighborhoods, and improve our service to the Akron public.”

In accordance with the City Charter, Chief Ball will serve in the position for an initial term of four years.  His will earn an annual salary of $130,852.  


For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary / Assistant Director of Law
166 South High Street
Suite 200
Akron Ohio 44308

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