Travis Dotson has been named interim chief of the City of London Police Department. He succeeds Darrel Kilburn, who retired on June 30.

Dotson has served on the police department for almost 20 years, and rose to the rank of lieutenant in April of 2021. He is a 1995 graduate of North Laurel High School. He joined the Marine Corps after high school and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. After serving four years, he joined the Kentucky National Guard and was deployed to Belgium after 9/11. He has also worked for Jackson Energy and Fed Ex.

“I love London. I have lived in town since 1999 when I moved back from California,” Dotson said. “I am so honored to be able to serve this community as the Chief.”

Dotson said his goal as chief is to continue the great relationship the police department has with the community and to make sure his officers are trained and prepared for the unique challenges of police work.

“Crime and criminal activity is ever changing and we have to stay up to date in order to combat it and keep our community safe,” he said. “At times this is with new trainings and at times it includes modern technology/methodology that will allow us to adapt and investigate criminal behavior.”

Dotson said he’s proud to lead “an incredible and talented group of men and women. Our officers are some of the best of the best, but we can always improve our skill set and how we work with the citizens of London.”

He also wants “to continue to grow the family atmosphere between our department, our families and other City of London employees.”

Mayor Troy Rudder said Dotson “has demonstrated the experience and leadership ability it takes to make an excellent police chief. The police department is in good hands with Travis.”