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Villa Hills mayor files charges against police chief, whose job is on the line
City council expected to vote, split possible
Mayor Mike Martin filed charges against suspended police chief Dan Goodenough Wednesday evening before a city council meeting in Villa Hills.
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Villa Hills police truck shown on March 11, 2014.
VILLA HILLS, Ky. -- Mayor Mike Martin filed charges against suspended police chief Dan Goodenough Wednesday evening before a city council meeting in Villa Hills.
City Council was expected to vote Wednesday on whether to fire Goodenough him or keep him around, but no final decision was reached.
Martin's reason to suspend the Villa Hills top cop came in 63 pages, about a week after he relieved Goodenough of his duty. Until Wednesday, he wouldn't say what his decision was based on, attorney Randy Freking confirmed.
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Martin accused his police chief of violating the law, violating city policy and just 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 position of the chief is that he is presently suspended pending the charges," Martin told WCPO. "As we stated, we can't comment on the charges or anything like that."
During a council meeting last year, Martin said Goodenough failed to remove a loud heckler, going against the mayor's demand.
Council members want Martin to share more information.
"We have had several members who have things given to them confidentially, and they've leaked it out," Martin said. "So you get reluctant to wanna talk, and spread [information] and communicate."
Goodenough's attorney, Kelly Myers, attended the meeting and spoke for her client.
"I think he's very upset and devastated," she said. "He's a public servant. He's spent a lot of years with this city, spent a lot of hours with this city, and I think as anybody would be, he's devastated to be put in this position."
Martin said council will meet again Monday night, and the final word on Goodenough's job should come down.
The mayor, council, and police department have been in a long series of confrontations since he took office in January 2011.