Akron Police Chief

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TIM RUDELL / WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, July 11: 

(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.

Ken Ball and Dan Horrigan at December 20th news conference
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Akron’s new police chief, Ken Ball, took the oath of office today, and talked about an overall vision for the department. He also addressed some immediate issues like staffing.