Akron Police

(l to r) Charles Brown, Kenneth Ball, Ellen Lander, Daniel Horrigan
Tim Rudell / WKSU

The word ‘interim’ has been removed from Akron Police Chief Ken Ball’s title. And now that it's official, the new chief is talking about staffing, race relations and other key issues.

The 26-year veteran of law enforcement says the first thing to know about his new job is that there are both long-range and immediate issues in urgent need of attention.

Among immediate priorities is what he says is a critical situation with aging and deteriorating equipment--especially vehicles that must be replaced.

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