Villa Hills police chief Dan Goodenough anticipates final vote on his job

VILLA HILLS, Ky. -- Villa Hills police chief Dan Goodenough's job future was expected to be decided during a special meeting Monday, but after long hours of testimony, was pushed back until March 21.

The 6 p.m. meeting followed charges filed by Mayor Mike Martin a week ago, which accused Goodenough of violating the law, violating city policy and rude behavior. It happened before a council meeting, where members were expected to vote on whether to keep Goodenough around, or to fire him.

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Monday's disciplinary hearing could have reached the ultimate decision, as the city clerk, Goodenough and Martin testified and answered questions from the city attorney and from Goodenough's attorney.

The top cop, along with the community are ready for an answer - will Goodenough keep his job, or will Villa Hills be without a police chief?

“My prediction is, it’ll probably be a three-three vote, and it’ll probably be the mayor will break the tie, and I think he’ll vote to fire Dan,” resident Gary Waugaman said. “I could be wrong about that, I hope I’m wrong, but you know, I think that’s what’s going to happen.”

City Clerk Craig Bowman told council members during his questioning that he noticed inconsistencies on the time sheets from 2013, when he was responsible for submitting time sheets to the state auditor. The audit came back at the end of 2013, prompting the state to accuse Goodenough of incorrectly paying a detective.

The city attorney asked Martin if he knew about a detective accruing about 1,000 hours under the chief's watch.

"I think our conversation was ... I might have known of some of it, but not all of it," Martin said.

Goodenough said he approved the 1,000-hour overtime request on his part, then turned it over to the mayor.

Goodenough's confrontations with the mayor, council and police department started when he took office in January 2011. Martin most recently suspended the police chief, but didn't immediately tell him why. Days later Martin's reasoning came in 63 pages - a document outlining the suspension's premise.

Martin remained hesitant Monday afternoon to give full details.

"We have had several members who have things given to them confidentially, and they've leaked it out. So you get reluctant to wanna talk, and spread [information] and communicate," he told WCPO reporter Amy Wadas.

As Goodenough's attorney sees it, Martin should have disciplined him, rather than filing charges.

As of 11 p.m., one more witness had yet to testify and no vote had been reached. The vote is now scheduled to take place Monday, March 21.




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