Covington PD welcomes experienced officer

Photo, from left to right, Police Chief Brian Valenti, Officer Luke McDonnell, and Mayor Joe Meyer. 

COVINGTON, Ky. – Covington’s newest police officer brings to the department nearly a decade of experience, Luke McDonnell having served as a police officer with both the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the St. Louis County Police Department.

McDonnell was administered the oath of office today by Covington Mayor Joe Meyer.

McDonnell is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was honorably discharged as a Corporal, and is a graduate of Western Governor’s University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Information Technology Management.

He’s relocating to Northern Kentucky with his wife, a Crescent Springs native, to be closer to family.

“I look forward to joining the Covington Police Department, the city, and supporting the citizens,” said McDonnell.

Prior to administering the oath in a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall, Mayor Meyer spoke to McDonnell about the importance of police-community relationships in Covington and the support that comes with the position.

“Our police and our community members get along quite well – we have good relationships, good respect, a good understanding, and good judgment,” said Meyer. “Our Police Department has the full support of the administration and the City government.”

Covington Police Chief Brian Valenti said he’s happy to have McDonnell and the experience he brings to the position.

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