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Hearing to fire police chief underway
VILLA HILLS, Ky. (Angenette Levy) -- The city council heard five hours of testimony Monday night during an administrative hearing in which the mayor sought to have the police chief fired.
Mayor Mike Martin filed administrative charges against Chief Dan Goodenough. Martin has accused Goodenough of insubordination, keeping sloppy payroll records, overpaying a police officer and failing to keep track of public records.
Martin has taken issue with Goodenough overpaying a police officer 14 hours of overtime and approving 1,000 hours of overtime over a 13-month period for the same officer.
Goodenough is represented by attorney Randy Freking. He told council members Goodenough is innocent of the charges.
Martin has accused Goodenough of disobeying orders. He said Goodenough scheduled two officers to patrol a city council meeting despite being told to schedule one officer. Goodenough explained why he scheduled two officers to patrol the meeting.
"When I'm sitting in the council room I am doing other items, I'm working on a schedule, I'm doing other activities, I'm multi-tasking. I'm not always paying attention to what council's discussing. I get up, sometimes the phone rings, I go answer it. Now, getting back to River Ridge Elementary, I didn't know what the night was going to entail, I was taking notes that night, there were a large number of people there," Goodenough said.
Goodenough's attorney said despite the allegations of wrongdoing by the mayor, he never reprimanded him or conducted annual performance reviews as required by the city council.
Mike Martin: "It would be my responsibility to bring him up in front of civil service, even for a verbal warning."
Randy Freking: "And did you ever do that?"
Mike Martin: "No I didn't."
Randy Freking: "You failed in your responsibilities between January 2011 and late 2013 to properly discipline the chief."
Mike Martin: "You can say that that way."
There's been tension between Mayor Martin and the Villa Hills Police Dept. for some time. Goodenough and his officers investigated Martin for fraud. Martin then sued the police chief. The lawsuit was dismissed.
The hearing will continue on March 24th at 6 p.m.
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