Forget college football coaching changes. And, by the way, there won’t be any Charlie Strong moves coming anytime soon. There’s plenty of coming, going and staying going on around here.
White Out: While Jerry Abramson made some bonehead personnel decisions as Mayor, hiring Robert White as police chief nine years ago wasn’t one of them. Rather that leaving in a cloud of shame (Kim Buton, Gilles Meloche, Melissa Mershon), White was feted at Churchill Downs lat night as he prepares to move to Denver. He reiterated the point that he thinks the new chief should come from within.
Next For Daeschner: I though Stephen Daeschner was an effective school board chief over here, and by all accounts he’s been exceptional in Clark County. But the board there doesn’t think it needs a $225K chief, and Daeschner’s not taking a pay cut. So the board voted not to renew his contract last night. It looks like they’ll find some other job for him to do that will pay less.
One Foot Out the Door: Greater Louisville Inc.’s Joe Reagan is likely to accept a similar job in St. Louis, where he won’t have to worry about supporting controversial bridge projects. Reagan’s been at his job 6 years, and like it or not, it was during his tenure that the “Possibility City” branding campaign was created.
Sunshine! Adrianna Hopkins won’t have to complain about the cold weather anymore. The WHAS-TV weekend anchor and reporter, who’s been here 4 years, has landed a similar job at powerful WSVN in Miami, a big move up for her. Hopkins made her presence felt socially in town and was on that CW show featuring the African-American female anchors (with former reality TV star Julie Smith).
There are some new faces coming to WHAS — including Chelsea Rabideau, a Montana native who’s going to anchor on weekends. The station has also hired Maggie Ruper, from WTOV in Stubenville, Ohio, to anchor Sunday morning newscasts. A Google search reveals the Ohio State grad was mentioned in a “Whos’ the sexiest newscaster in the Ohio Valley” conversation. And Google found a blog written by Rabideau, where, get this, she’s got a dog named “The Dude.”