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Bardstown (KY) Police Chief Rick McCubbin says the department has received further threats against its officers following the shooting death of Officer Jason Ellis, who...
McCubbin: Mayor attempting to justify restructuring with excuses, attacks on officers
Nelson County Gazette - Cox's Creek, Kentucky McCubbin: Mayor attempting to justify restructuring with excuses, attacks on officers Retired Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin posted this open letter to Mayor John Royalty and the community on social media early Thursday afternoon. Sources even passed along that they heard one woman state that "we need to dig up some dirt on McCubbin.
"I must regretfully inform you that due to irreconcilable differences with the Mayor's Office and the newly appointed command staff of the Police Department; my last day will be Monday, May 1, 2016," Brandon wrote in a letter to Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin.
McCubbin confirmed Brandon's resignation Friday, and said the city was losing a good officer. "We've lost yet another very experienced officer," McCubbin said. McCubbin said five officers had recently left the force, some of them the most experienced officers on the force. McCubbin said another officer who had been offered a position and accepted recently withdrew, citing the turmoil with the department and the city as his reason for turning down the opportunity. "We basically lost somebody before we had him," McCubbin said. McCubbin said he has had four other officers who are still on the force come to him and ask his to be a reference because they had applications out seeking police jobs elsewhere. McCubbin said he expects to lose more officers besides those, as well. "It could be eight to 10 very shortly," he said. Royalty notified McCubbin that the mayor was promoting narcotics detective McKenzie Mattingly to captain and assistant chief and officer Brad Gillock to lieutenant and demoting Roby and Brandon to patrolmen. McCubbin, in a reply to the mayor's email, asked the mayor to reconsider, and said the mayor's unilateral action without consulting his police chief relegated McCubbin to no more than a "figurehead." McCubbin on Friday said he felt badly for the officers in his department and the city at large. "The total impact of this was not thought out at all and now we are feeling the impact," McCubbin said.
LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- One day after the Bardstown police chief Rick McCubbin abruptly announced his retirement, some residents and council members are expressing outrage.
Some are even calling for the mayor to be impeached after he restructured the department without McCubbin's knowledge. "The department is not corrupt. I feel like there are things that needed to be corrected. Rick and I had talked about it and that was my opinion," Mayor John Royalty said. Before the two were to meet, McCubbin then announced his retirement. Lowe is organizing a rally Sunday in support of McCubbin and is passing out petitions asking for the recall of John Royalty as mayor. Regarding the recent publicity, McCubbin sent WHAS11 the following statement:
McCubbin resigns position as police chief
Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin announced his retirement late Monday afternoon. Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin announced his retirement Monday afternoon. Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin announced his retirement Monday afternoon. In a statement released around 4:50 p.m., McCubbin said: Your chief, Rick McCubbin" McCubbin said he would not be providing additional comments besides the statement as of Monday. McCubbin's resignation as chief of police came a little more than a week after Bardstown Mayor John Royalty unilaterally demoted two of McCubbin's command staff and promoted two others, one of which is a personal friend of the mayor's. McCubbin's resignation as chief of police came a little more than a week after Bardstown Mayor John Royalty unilaterally demoted two of McCubbin's command staff and promoted two others, one of which is a personal friend of the mayor's. Email correspondence between McCubbin and Royalty released Friday in response to an open records request by The Kentucky Standard revealed that McCubbin was blindsided by the mayor's decision to promote Detective McKenzie Mattingly to assistant chief and Patrolman Brad Gillock to lieutenant. Email correspondence between McCubbin and Royalty released Friday in response to an open records request by The Kentucky Standard revealed that McCubbin was blindsided by the mayor's decision to promote Detective McKenzie Mattingly to assistant chief and Patrolman Brad Gillock to lieutenant. McCubbin was recovering from surgery when he received Royalty's directive on March 29. McCubbin pleaded with the mayor to reconsider in an email reply on April 4, in which he wrote that he had been trying to reach the mayor to no avail. "I am respectfully asking you to rescind your email directive dated Tuesday, March 29, 2016 until such a time that you and I can discuss the ramification of this directive," McCubbin wrote. "To say a 'shit storm' will be created by this directive is putting it mildly." McCubbin also took issue with the mayor's lack of communication to the chief, stating "It is obvious that my position is invalid and unnecessary due to others having your ear and completely removing me as the department head." Less than an hour before McCubbin released his statement, he told the mayor about his decision. Royalty said McCubbin had already been looking at other employment before his decision to restructure the Bardstown Police Department, including the position of state police commissioner. McCubbin has been with the Bardstown Police Department for just over five years. He also served 15 years with the former Louisville Police Department and eight years with the U.S. Marshals Service.