Ashdown has new police chief

Updated: November 17, 2017

New Ashdown Police Chief Boyd Kennemore

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

The Ashdown Police Department has a new chief. Boyd Kennemore took the reins as the head of the department on November 2, following the retirement on Mark Ardwin.

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” Kennemore said. “I enjoy what I do and look forward to continuing to serve the people of Ashdown.”

Kennemore has only been in law enforcement for nine years but in that time he has done a little bit of everything.

“I have been in law enforcement since going to work for the county in 2008,” Kennemore said. “I came to the city in 2010 and have worked in every capacity here. I started out in patrol and was promoted to sergeant in 2012. At the last part of 2012, the first part of 2013 I went into CID. I was promoted to lieutenant and when Mark [Ardwin] became chief in 2015 and when Bobby [Walraven] became sheriff I was promoted to captain and went back to patrol.”

Ashdown Mayor James Sutton said he felt that Kennemore had the experience and knowledge to lead the department.

“It is my policy to promote from within,” Ashdown Mayor James Sutton said. “To me, Boyd was the most qualified and will make a good police chief.”

Kennemore gives a lot of credit to getting where he is today to Walraven and Ardwin.

“I have to give credit to Bobby and Mark,” Kennemore said. “Both started teaching me this job and teaching me the things I need to know to make the department operate.”

Kennemore said the department will continue to operate as before.

“The department has been running smoothly and I don’t feel the need to make any changes,” Kennemore said.

Kennemore said that relationships with the community were important to him.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the citizens of Ashdown and continue to make this a great place to live, work and raise a family,” Kennemore said. “We will continue to work with the sheriff’s office, the state police and any other law enforcement agency and help them any way possible to keep our citizens safe.”