Chief Ed Blaser
Ed Blaser has been chosen as our first Chief of the Middletown Police Department. Ed was born and raised in Louisville where he graduated from St. Xavier High School and the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s degree in Police Administration. He went on to graduate from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Blaser’s law enforcement career began in 1977 when he was hired by the Louisville Division of Police. He served in the department as a Patrol Officer in the west and south ends of the City. After a promotion to Sergeant he was assigned to be the first Commander of the Traffic Alcohol Patrol Unit (TAP). From there he was promoted to Lieutenant and chosen to be the Deputy Commander of the Metro Narcotics Unit at its inception in 1990. He was later promoted to the rank of LT Colonel where he served as the Operations Commander over all uniform officers in the Division of Police. Ed retired as the Associate Chief of Police after 26 years of service. He transitioned into the private sector serving as the Director of Security of Churchill Downs. He then worked over 10 years in the Operations of Keeneland Race Course in Lexington KY as the Security Director until his recent retirement.
Officer Rob Herman
Rob Herman has been hired not only as our first Police Officer but additionally as our Training Coordinator. Rob was born, raised and has worked in Middletown. After graduating from Eastern High School, he attended Eastern Kentucky University where he studied Fire and Safety Engineering and Police Administration. After college he worked for the Middletown Fire Protection District as a Fire Fighter/Fire Inspector/EMT and then moved on to the Jefferson County Police.
Officer Herman started his 22- year career with LMPD in Patrol of the 7th Division where his beat included residential, businesses such as Ford and parts of UPS, the airport, etc. From there he was promoted to Street Detective where he primarily worked with Narcotics Investigations. Soon after the tragedy of 9/11, LMPD sent Rob to team up with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force where they worked International and Domestic Terrorism cases. The final years of his career were spent in conducting Firearms Training for new Police Recruits and In-Service classes for Veteran Officers until retirement in Dec. 2017.
Officer John Mills
John H. Mills was born in Glasgow, KY, and was raised in Shepherdsville, KY. John is a graduate of Bullitt Central H.S. and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). While at EKU he received his Bachelor’s degree in Police Administration and a minor in Military Science. John is a Sigma Chi (Fall 87) and received his Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery Officer.
In the Army he served in South Korea, Fort Campbell, KY, and Fort Sill, OK. After serving almost seven years on Active Duty, he left Active Duty and became of member of the Kentucky Army National Guard (KY-ARNG) and was employed with the Jefferson County Police Department assigned to Charlie District. John left the KY-ARNG and was assigned to the U.S. Army Reserves (USAR) where he served as a Detachment Commander. As a Detachment Commander his 74 Soldier unit was hand-selected for mobilization and deployment to Kuwait and Iraqi in Jan 2003. After the invasion and finally returning from a very successful military deployment the Jefferson County Police had merged with Louisville Police and was renamed the Louisville Metro Police Department. John was assigned to the 8th Division where he served as a Patrolman and eventually a District Traffic Car. John continued his military service in the USAR and served many Command and Senior Staff Level billets from Brigade to Training Command. During this time he was deployed to assist FEMA and DoD with Hurricane Relief Operations in Florida (2004) and Mississippi (2005). He was also mobilized and deployed to Fort Dix, NJ, Fort McCoy, WI, Fort Stewart, GA, Camp Shelby, MS many times to train ARNG and USAR Combat formations for deployment to Iraqi, Afghanistan, and Kosovo. John retired from the USAR in June 2013 as a Major.
John was selected and assigned to the LMPD Traffic Unit and served there until his retirement. While in the Traffic Unit he successfully attended and became certified as an Accident Reconstructionist and Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Inspector. Besides traffic enforcement, DUI arrest, investigating Injury/Non-Injury Collisions, he was the Lead Investigator on approximately 20 Fatal Collisions and assisted in approximately 50 additional Fatal Collisions.
John has a 20 YOA Daughter and a 17 YOA Son.
Officer Eric Kemper
Eric Kemper was born and raised in Louisville’s south end and graduated from St. Xavier High School. His Law Enforcement career began in 1992 when he was hired by the Jefferson County Police Department as a cadet.
After graduating from the Police Academy, Eric as assigned to the Adam District, which included the east end of Jefferson County. Eric transferred to Charlie District, which included the areas of Fairdale and Okolona. Eric worked in the Police Property Room for several years before being transferred to the LMPD 7th Division. Eric retired from LMPD in 2014.
Eric was hired by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office in 2015 and left there to pursue a career with the Middletown Police Department.