Michael “Spike” Jones
Colonel Jones is a lifelong resident of Kenton County and was a member of the Covington Police Department for nearly twenty seven years. He attended college at Eastern Kentucky University from where he holds an Associate’s degree in Police Science and a Bachelor of Science degree Police Administration. Spike has also done post graduate work at Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Virginia. Spike attained a Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership and Organizational Change from Northern Kentucky University’s Hale College of Business in 2010. Prior to coming to work for the Covington Police Department Spike worked for Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Public Safety, Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts and worked with the United States Postal Inspection Service. Spike served two terms as president of the Kentucky State Fraternal Order of Police which represents over 9,800 sworn law enforcement officers across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He is a graduate and class president of Kentucky’s first Criminal Justice Executive Development Course as well as graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Spike was the first member of the Covington Police Department to achieve certification through Kentucky’s Department of Training as a “Law Enforcement Executive and Chief Executive”. He has been a Field Training Officer, a Vice/ Street Crimes Officer, a Narcotics Specialist with the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, a Community Policing Specialist, a Patrol Sergeant, the Night Operations Commander , Administrative Lieutenant and Assistant Chief.
In June of 2012 Spike was named Chief of Police for the City of Covington and served as such until his retirement in 2015. On August the 28th of 2015 Spike came out of retirement was sworn in as the 13th Chief of Police for the Kenton County, Kentucky Police Department. He serves on the Professional Standards Committee and was elected Chairman of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council in November of 2018.