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Chief of Police Tom Grau Announces Retirement after 29 year career effective May 1


After more than 29 years of dedicated service with the Florence Police Department, Chief of Police, Tom Grau has announced his retirement effective May 1, 2024. His dedicated career has spanned various roles and his impact on the community will be felt for years to come.

Chief Grau, a 1995 graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Criminal Justice, began his career with the Florence Police Department on May 1, 1995. Over the years, Chief Grau has held every rank, from Corporal to Chief of Police. His commitment to excellence and tireless dedication have left a permanent mark on the force. Throughout his tenure, Chief Grau has served in every part of the department, including patrol, detectives, community resources, and the Crime Suppression Unit/Drug Unit. Additionally, he served as an Accident Reconstructionist, Hostage Negotiator and Field Training Officer. Chief Grau was instrumental in creating the Teen Academy, a groundbreaking program diverting youth offenders from the criminal justice system. For his creation of the academy, he received the 2011 Kentucky Court of Justice Award. In 2009, Chief Grau received the Officer of the Year award from the Florence Rotary Club.

Chief Grau’s legacy is one of service, compassion, and innovation. He was the last officer hired by Mayor Evelyn Kalb and Police Chief Charlie Callen. His tenure as Chief of Police since 2018 has allowed him to shape the department’s future. His leadership has been unwavering, and his commitment to community safety unmatched.

Mayor Aubuchon stated, “As I assumed the role of Mayor, I relied on Chief Grau for his excellent ability to lead our department and keep our community safe. I have always known the city was in good hands under Chief Grau’s leadership. His unwavering dedication and commitment to our community have made a lasting impact. Our department values the structure and process of developing our officers. It is through this consistent approach, under Tom’s leadership that we are fortunate to have several internal candidates that will be ready to assume the position as our next chief.” Aubuchon states that a replacement will be announced once the selection process is complete.

As Chief Grau steps down, he leaves behind a department that reflects his values: professionalism, integrity, and dedication. His impact will resonate for generations, and the City of Florence wishes him a well-deserved retirement as he begins his next chapter.

For media inquiries, please contact City Clerk/Public Relations Administrator, Melissa Kramer at 859-647-8177 /

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