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301 W. Walnut
Southgate, KY 41071

Non-Emergency Dispatch – 859-292-3622

Police Administration Office – 859-441-7473

Police Fax – 859-441-7474 

Email   police@southgateky.org

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The speed limit on city streets is 20 mph unless otherwise marked.  Some streets are marked at 15 mph. Please drive safely and obey all traffic control devices.

Who We Are

801 Chief John Christmann
Chief Christmann retired from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office with over 20 years of Law Enforcement experience.  He was a member of the Criminal Interdiction Unit for the last several years of his career.  His specialty, while serving with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, was drug interdiction and commercial vehicle inspection.  Chief Christmann was responsible for or assisted with the seizure of hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug-related funds and illegal contraband.  He also is a certified instructor for the US DOT/Federal Government, training federal, state, and local officers from all over the United States.  He is a certified Hostage Negotiator.  He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Criminal Justice and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a degree in Organizational Leadership.  Chief Christmann graduated from the prestigious Criminal Justice Executive Development (CJED) Class #1 in Richmond Kentucky.  He was hired as Chief in February of 2012 to re-establish the new Southgate Police Department.  Chief Christmann was the past President of the Campbell County Police Chief’s Association.

805 Sergeant Danny Johns
Sergeant Johns began his career in November of 1988 as a part-time officer with the Highland Heights Police Department.  He transitioned into a full-time officer on July 1, 1990.  During his career he was promoted to Sergeant in January of 1996 and in October of 2007.  He is a graduate of the Criminal Justice Executive Development (CJED).  Sergeant Johns received the Medal of Valor while attempting the arrest of a bank robber who fired multiple times at police in Alexandria.  He also received the award for most DUI’s arrested as well as most seatbelt citations in the department for multiple years.  He retired after 21 years of service in December 2009.  In 2012, when the new Southgate Police Department was formed, Sergeant Johns returned to duty.

806 Sergeant Ronnie Gross
Sergeant Gross was born in Harlan County Kentucky and graduated from Evarts High School.  He obtained a degree from Union College and has been involved in law enforcement for twenty-seven years.  He is a graduate of the Academy for Police Supervisors (APS).  He has served in Police Departments in Florence, Southgate, and Newport.  Sergeant Gross returned to the City of Southgate in August of 2012.  During his career, he has worked in patrol, and investigations, and was a member of the SWAT team for eleven years.  Sergeant Gross has won numerous awards for DUI enforcement and has received numerous letters of recognition for his work while investigating murders, robberies, drug trafficking, and other felony crimes.  Sergeant Gross received the 110% award while working with the Newport Police Department and is happy to return to the City of Southgate.

818 Officer Dave Fillhardt
Officer Fillhardt comes to the City of Southgate with over 25 years of law enforcement experience.  He retired from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department in 2013 after 20 years of service.  While in the Sheriff’s Department he served as a Field Training Officer, Police Training Officer, and firearms instructor and investigated sex offender registry compliance.  Officer Fillhardt started his police career in 1988 as an officer with the Falmouth Police Department, where he served as a Field Training Officer, firearms instructor, and shift supervisor.  Officer Fillhardt also served with the City of Alexandria Police Department, and for 15 years with the Southern Campbell Fire Department where he served as president, vice president, lieutenant, emergency medical technician, fire/extrication training instructor, and is an N.F.A. certified arson investigator.  He came to the Southgate Police Department in March 2014.

823 Specialist Garrett Haynes
Officer Garrett Haynes was born in Northern Kentucky and graduated from Pendleton County High School.  He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and spent time in Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom as personnel security for high-ranking officials.  He also spent time in Afghanistan, during Operation Enduring Freedom as a criminal investigator.  Officer Haynes began his law enforcement career with the Erlanger Police Department.  He came to work for Southgate  Police Department in June 2016.

819 Officer Dave Lawson

Officer Lawson is a graduate of DOCJT Class 224 from 1991.  He initially retired from the Highland Heights Police Department as a Lieutenant in 2013.  He previously served for several years as the department’s K-9 handler and bike patrol officer and is a graduate of the DOCJT Supervisor Academy.  He received several commendations for his work as a police K-9 handler and Governor’s Awards for DUI arrest.  Officer Lawson returns to Southgate Police Department in 2013.

Officer Joe Boyce 

Officer Boyce started with the City of Southgate in September 2021.  He served in the US Air Force for 16 years.

812 Officer Stacey May (Part-time)

Officer May retired from the KY State Police with over 20 years of service.  He came to work for Southgate Police Department in March 2018.

816 Officer BT Pickett  (Part-time)
Officer Pickett began his law enforcement career in 2003.  Prior to coming to Southgate, he worked for the Boone County Sheriff’s Department where he spent two years as a member of the SWAT team.  Officer Pickett began his service with the Southgate Police Department in September of 2012.  He is currently the police department’s firearms instructor.

 Officer Tim Mitchell (Part-time)

Officer Mitchell started with the City of Southgate in August 2021.  He also works for the City of Florence Fire Department.

K-9 Cody

PSD (Police Service Dog) Cody, a German Shepherd, started with Southgate in June 2018, when he was one year old.  Cody was trained to be a dual-purpose PSD.  Cody is trained in narcotic scent detection, apprehension, and the tracking of people and articles.  PSD Cody and Officer Garrett Haynes were nationally certified as a team in March 2019 through the North American Police Work Dog Association.  PSD Cody lives with Officer Haynes at home with his family.  Cody serves the City of Southgate and if needed, the surrounding cities.

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Vacation check form

Going on vacation?  Have SGPD check on your home while you’re away!  Email completed forms to:  police@southgateky.org or drop them off at 301 West Walnut Street.


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The Southgate Police Department was awarded accreditation by KY Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Accreditation Program in June 2018 for four years.  The City of Southgate and the residents can be very proud!

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