Little Rock's Police Chief Chosen To Lead Syracuse, New York's Force

Nov 2, 2018

Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner, seen here during a 2016 interview with KUAR, has been chosen to lead the Syracuse, New York Police Department.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The police chief for Little Rock, Arkansas, has been chosen to lead the Syracuse Police Department.

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh has introduced Little Rock Police Department Chief Kenton Buckner during a news conference Friday morning at Syracuse City Hall.

Buckner has been police chief in Little Rock since 2014. He was chosen from among three finalists after an eight-month search to select a successor to Frank Fowler, who's retiring.

Buckner spent most of his career with the police department in Louisville, Kentucky. He said in a recent interview that one of his top priorities in Syracuse would be to reduce violent crime.

He'll take over a police force dealing with a recent spate of gun violence that killed boys, ages 12 and 15, and wounded several other children and adults.