Police Chief Carl E. Worley | Ross Township Police Department


Age:     57
Served: 13 years
1996 to January 26, 2010



Carl was born on July 14, 1952 in Dayton, Ohio to Joseph and Mariam (Ellis) Worley.  He graduated from Lebanon High School and attended Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky.

On February 28, 1976 he married Kathy Howard in Lebanon, Ohio.

Through the years, Carl was employed in many different areas including Worley Dog Training and Boarding in Sharonville, regional supervisor for Red Lobster, and director of operations for Burbank’s Barbecue.

About 1996, Carl graduated from Butler County Police Academy and joined the Ross Township Police Department as a Police Officer.  About 2003 he was promoted to Police Chief.  Before that he had been a Sergeant.



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.  Then 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 City 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 then he was taken 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.

He was survived by his wife 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; 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 in Ross, Ohio.  Funeral services were held at on Saturday.  An honor procession on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. beginning at Charles C. Young Funeral Home, 4032 Hamilton Cleves Road, Ross and arriving for the funeral service at Ross High School.

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© This narrative was further researched and revised on January 25, 2018 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Vice President.  All rights are reserved to him and the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum.