Police Chief Carl Worley | Ross Township Police Department

Police Chief Carl Worley
Police Chief Carl Worley

Age:  57½
Served: 13 years
1996 to January 26, 2010


Carl was born on July 14, 1952 in Dayton, Ohio to Joseph Elvis Worley, a salesman of farming implements, and Mariam Eva (Ellis) Worley, a stenographer.  He graduated from Lebanon High School and attended Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky.

After college, Carl worked as a draftsman in the Warren County Engineering Department.  He applied, unsuccessfully, for the Ohio State Patrol.   On February 28, 1976 he married Katherine J. Howard in Lebanon, Ohio.

He took a position at a food kiosk at Kings Island and then at Red Lobster.  At the latter he was promoted to Regional Supervisor.  Still not satisfied, he opened the Worley Dog Training and Boarding in Sharonville.  After a time, he let his wife handle the business when he was offered, and accepted, a position as Director of Operations for Burbank’s Barbecue.  But his first love was law enforcement.

During 1996, at 44-years-old, Carl entered the Butler County Police Academy.  After graduation, he joined the Ross Township Police Department as a Police Officer.  A year later, he was promoted to Sergeant.  During 2003, he was promoted to Police Chief and served as one of two fulltime police personnel in Ross Township.  “It was a round-the-clock job,” his wife described, as he attended community events, Fire Department open houses, directed traffic at Ross Township High School, and participating in late night raids and arrest processing.

On January 26, 2010, about 1:00 p.m., Chief Worley and other Ross Township and area officers responded to the 1400 block of New London Road for a report of burglary.  One officer found footprints and began to follow them.  Chief Worley found another set and advised that he was tracking them.  Later, when officers tried to contact Chief Worley, he did not respond.  About 2:00 p.m., a Hamilton Police lieutenant found Chief Worley slumped over in his vehicle in the Forest Run Nature Preserve at 1810 Hamilton-New London Road.  The lieutenant applied CPR until the ambulance arrived and took the Chief to Fort Hamilton Hospital.  He was pronounced dead at the hospital.  An autopsy revealed that he had suffered a heart attack caused by three vessel coronary artery disease.

Chief Worley was survived by his wife of almost 34 years, Kathy Worley; brother, Jack (Barbara) Worley, and their children, Ann Worley and Lee (Jennifer) Worley; sister, Janice (Don) Baird, and their children, Philip (Kim) Baird and Danna (fiancé, Chris) Baird; mother-in-law, Mollie D. Howard; sister-in law, Cindy (Garry) Hamric, and their children Jason (fiancé, Nikki) and Amy (Thomas) Burlile; and brothers-in law, Mike Howard, and his children, Julie Howard and Kelly Howard; and Steve Howard and his children Brandon and Cortney Davis.

Visitation was held on Friday, January 29, 2010 at Ross High School – the only venue in Ross Township large enough to handle the crowd.  On Saturday morning, January 30th, an honor procession began at Charles C. Young Funeral Home at 4032 Hamilton Cleves Road in Ross to the high school.  A funeral services was held at the high school.  His remains were cremated and currently still in the possession of his wife.

Memorials were asked by the family to be made to the Butler County Animal Friends Humane Society in Hamilton, Ohio.

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© 2018 – This narrative was researched and revised by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired), Executive Director, Greater Cincinnati Police Museum.  All rights are reserved to him and the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum.