London City Council Recognizes Three New Dept. Heads

London City Council recognized three new department heads Monday night, brought on by the retirements of Larry Vanhook and Derek House.

Carl Hacker, left, was named chief of the London Fire Department. He has been with the department for 32 years.

John Allen, center, was appointed chief of the London-Laurel County Rescue Squad, where he has served for 30 years.

Darrel Kilburn, right, was named chief of the London Police Department. He has been with the department since 2002, and previously served as assistant chief.

Mayor Rudder names Darrel Kilburn Chief of Police

On Friday, Feb. 1st, 2019, City of London Mayor Troy Rudder named Capt. Darrel Kilburn the new Chief of Police following the retirement of Derek House who served as Chief for five-and-a-half years. Kilburn began his service to the City of London as a Police Officer in 2003 and served as Captain for six years.

Chaplain and friend to Kilburn, Bob Combs, began the pinning ceremony at London City Hall on Friday with Mayor Troy Rudder, members of the London Police Department, family and friends. Combs prayed over Kilburn for wisdom, guidance and direction.

“We have all of the confidence in this man, we know that he’s trained for this job for years. We know he can do it and do it well.” Mayor Rudder said.

Darrel stated that he and the London Police Department needs the community’s continual support and prayers.

“My proudest achievement in this world is that I’m a Christian. I’ll do everything in my power to lead the best I can as a Christian, because God is going to come first in everything I do – to the best of my ability and family is second,” Kilburn said, adding, “It’s not “me,” it’s a “we” no matter what we do, we’re going to do it together.”

2019 Swearing in Ceremony

The 2019 political swearing in ceremony was held at the London Community Center for incoming city and county officials.

The 2019-2020 London City Council sworn in include: (From left to right) Noah White, Mayor Troy Rudder, Steve Berry, Daniel Carmack, Bobby Jo Parman, Danny Phelps and Judd Weaver.

Inaugural New Year’s Eve Extravaganza


History was made Monday night at the inaugural New Year’s Eve Extravaganza in downtown London. The rain ended just in time and the temperature was about 60 as thousands of people watched a ball drop from 100 feet to ring in 2019.

Everyone had a great time thanks to the entertainment from DJ Larry Lee and Radio 80, along with food and beverages from a variety of vendors.

The event was sponsored by London Downtown, City of London Tourism and Wildcat-Harley Davidson. Organizers made notes about how to make the extravaganza bigger and better next year.

Mountain Heritage Artisan Guild Gallery Shop

A new gallery shop is located at 1006 West 5th St. in front of Salon Vogue. The Mountain Heritage Artisans Guild (MHAG) gallery shop features the work of artisans who are members of the Guild that includes everything from painted works to hand-carved musical instruments.

The MHAG calls London their home but reach into residences and workshops in many towns in the Cumberland Valley region and beyond.

The work of the Guild’s members represents contemporary, traditional and experimental forms. They promote fine art, folk art and original handmade crafts.

The gallery shop’s hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10am-6pm.

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