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Sources say Villa Hills Police Chief suspended with no reason
VILLA HILLS, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- No one is alleging that Chief Goodenough has done something wrong.
He was not on duty Monday and the mayor would only say he's taking some days off. But sources tell Local 12 Goodenough has been suspended and given the opportunity to retire or get fired.
It's just the latest round in an ongoing battle between police and the mayor who once tried to get rid of the police department. His name is still on the website and the Police Department door, but there was no sign of Chief Dan Goodenough Monday in Villa Hills.
Ernie Brown, a 29 year Villa Hills resident, said, "It's my understanding that he's not at work. That he's been suspended. A lot of the residents are concerned. Chief Dan Goodenough is just a fantastic man, and asset to the community. Very compassionate."
Mayor Mike Martin would only say Goodenough has taken some time off and all police shifts are being covered.
"I know that's tough and challenging for a bunch of residents to be on the bubble, not know what's going on. But at this time I just ask for their patience so we can get through this process that we're dealing with and everything will work out for the city. I don't want to talk about it," Mike Martin, the Villa Hills Mayor said.
Martin has a history of run-ins with his own police department. The chief and a former detective once investigated Martin for fraud but those charges were dropped. Martin held hearings a few years ago on disbanding the department.
Goodenough has been with Villa Hills for 27 years and Chief for ten. He's been visible in the community. Last week, he stopped reporting for duty. No one will say why.
"There's something that's just not quite right. Something unsettling about the lack of information. The residents are concerned. You can see it on social media. And I think a lot of people are worried about what's going to happen to our police department," Brown continued.
Martin says it will all be resolved later this week, whatever is being resolved. His time as Mayor has been defined by controversy and conflict. He had a lawsuit pending against the city when he was elected.
One reason we're having so much trouble getting information is the mayor issued an executive order last year. It says that all media questions have to be directed to the mayor.
Interesting times in Villa Hills.
Mayor Martin wanted to make it clear, Chief Goodenough has not been fired. Martin would also not confirm that Goodenough had been suspended. He says he cannot talk about personnel issues because they are confidential.
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