Villa Hills mayor agrees to drop charges if police chief Dan Goodenough retires immediately

VILLA HILLS, Ky. -- Villa Hills Mayor Mike Martin decided to drop all charges against Police Chief Dan Goodenough if he agreed to retire immediately from his position.

Martin accused Goodenough of violating the law, violating city policy and being rude. He referred to a state audit from 2013, which accused Goodenough of incorrectly paying a detective. Martin said Goodenough abused overtime hours and stopped following some orders.

The top cop, Martin, attorneys, council members and Villa Hills citizens spent another long evening Monday at City Hall while the final two witnesses testified in the case.

Of six council members, the vote was equally divided after an eight hour meeting and four hours of deliberation, leaving Goodenough's job fate in Martin's hands.

Martin decided to drop all charges against Goodenough as long as he agreed to retire immediately from his position.

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Closing arguments came from Goodenough's attorney, Kelly Myers, Monday night.

"If you vote to terminate Chief Goodenough, he can't go out and replace this position," Myers said. "It's not like he is a general manager of Home Depot and can go for a manager job at Lowe's. You will effectively end his career."

Todd McMurtry, city attorney focused on residents.

"It's about governance," he said. "It's about the type of decision you're elected to make. It's about the citizens of Villa Hills. They deserve your dispassionate leadership and they also deserve a new chief of police."

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WCPO reporter Amy Wadas attended Monday's meeting.

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