Bryan Allen named new Villa Hills police chief

VILLA HILLS, Ky. -- There will soon be a new leader at the Villa Hills Police Department.

Mayor Mike Martin announced Thursday that Bryan Allen will officially start his new role of police chief on May 25 in the Northern Kentucky town.

He said he's excited for the new job.

"Villa Hills is a wonderful city and the department and I will work to continue the excellent service the citizens have come to expect," Allen said.

Allen was promoted from within the Villa Hills police force. Before that, he worked as a Northern Kentucky University police officer.

Allen's job at NKU came after he served 21 years as a captain of the Covington Police Department.

"I enjoy police work and I am happy to serve the citizens," he said.

He was selected for police chief of Villa Hills among 28 candidates.

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Former Police Chief Dan Goodenough retired in March in an agreement with Martin to drop charges pressed against him .

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 case brought Goodenough, Martin, attorneys, council members and Villa Hills citizens to city hall for long days of deliberation.

Goodenough's voluntary retirement closed the books of a long series of contentious confrontations involving the mayor, council, and police department since Goodenough took office in January 2011.

No matter the relationship between Martin and the former top cop, Allen focuses on the future of the Villa Hills Police Department and taking care of the community.

"We will continue to move forward and continue the job we have done," he said. "We recognize the contributions and the history of those who have served and will strive to continue excellence."

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