Freshly pinned Frankfort Police Chief Chuck Adams isn’t likely to be the loudest person in the room. In fact, he has more of a quiet demeanor along with the uncanny ability to lead by example.
Case in point, mere hours after dropping “interim” from his official title, Adams was all smiles while “pounding the pavement” and slapping high fives with kids at Cookies with a Cop hosted by Chick-Fil-A Thursday evening. In between posing for pictures with the Eat Mor Chikin Cowz and showing off some of the Frankfort Police Department vehicle fleet, the new police chief graciously accepted congratulations from visitors.
Adams, who told The State Journal that his new title has been a career dream, has been a constant presence at community outreach events for years. Last fall, he donned a signature green Starbucks apron, chatted up customers and took a shot at being a barista during Coffee with a Cop. At Christmastime, he, his wife, Becky, and their three children, Jonah, Lena and Kylie, bundle up to volunteer as bellringers for The Salvation Army.
When it comes to continuing the community policing efforts started by his predecessor, we have no doubt Adams is the man for the job. In fact, that’s one of his favorite parts of the job — interacting with those he serves. A 20-year FPD veteran, he also enjoys helping his fellow officers succeed in their work — a character trait necessary for any great leader.
His experience working alongside Franklin County Sheriff Chris Quire, who served under Adams at the FPD before being elected sheriff in November, will also be helpful as the two departments prepare to partner to address the local drug problem. In previous administrations, the two agencies didn’t have a strong working relationship.
We believe the city commission, which selected and unanimously approved Adams as Frankfort’s top cop from about 50 applicants, made the right call. We too have full confidence he can help move the police department forward.