BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Changes are happening at the Bardstown Police Department. The changes were announced at a city council work session on June 6.

Bardstown Mayor Richard Heaton said Police Captain McKenzie Mattingly resigned from the department and his last day will be July 14.

The rest of his time on the force will be served as an officer, not as a captain.

Former Bardstown Police Chief Charles Marksbury will serve as interim captain. Marksbury hired Mattingly in 2010.
The council was notified about the changes before Tuesday’s work session. Some council members said they valued the advanced notice.

“All of us have been transparent with each other and are on the same page,” Councilman William Sheckles said of the relationship between Heaton and the council, adding, “There are no blindsides.”

The changes comes one year after then Mayor John Royalty restructured the police department. Royalty demoted two officers and promoted two others. Then Chief Rick McCubbin said he was not notified of the changes before they happened. McCubbin later resigned as chief.

Royalty's move also drew criticism from council members at the time who also said they were not notified ahead of time.

Royalty later expressed regret.

“I could've handled it differently. Nobody is perfect. Humans are going to make mistakes,” he said.

In April 2017, the City Council voted to remove Royalty from his position as mayor.

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