UPDATE: Veteran Bowman named new Frankfort Police chief

Formal swearing in scheduled for Monday

UPDATE  POSTED 11:30 A.M. JAN. 21, 2022

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – Once again Frankfort is looking internally for homegrown talent as a 19-year veteran of the department has been named police chief.

Dustin ‘Dusty’ Bowman takes over for Chuck Adams, who retired at the end of 2021.

Bowman is a veteran member of the Frankfort Police Department, having already served the community for 19 years. He began at the department in 2002 as a patrol officer, and has advanced through the department in his career, most recently serving as Captain in the Criminal Investigations Division.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve this community as the Chief of Police. I’m excited to continue to work with the community, strengthening our current partnerships and building new ones,” Bowman said.

The Board of Commissioners appointed Chief Bowman at a January 19, 2022 special meeting.

“Chief Dustin Bowman is the right choice for Frankfort at this time. He has a servant’s heart and is ready to take on this demanding role. In addition to ensuring
the public safety, police chiefs manage officers, keep morale strong and communicate with the public. We are confident he will set a professional tone for the officers and other staff members. His strong moral character, problem-solving skills and demeanor make him an excellent choice for this position,” Mayor Layne Wilkerson said.

Bowman was sworn in via virtual ceremony on Thursday, January 20, 2022. A formal, in-person swearing in will take place Monday, January 24, 2022 at 2:00 pm in the Community Room at the Public Safety Building, 300 W Second Street.

This official ceremony will be streamed live on the Frankfort Police Department’s Facebook page for public viewing.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Frankfort Police Chief Charles ‘Chuck’ Adams is retiring after 22 years in law enforcement and two years as chief.

“This has been a great community to serve over the last 22 and a half years. Thank you for all of the support for me and the officers of the Frankfort Police Department. Be Safe,” Chief Adams said this week in a social media post.

His retirement is effective Jan. 1, 2022.

He joined the police force in 1999 and was named chief in 2019.

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