Shepherdsville mayor cutting back the city's budget

Cutting back the city's budget

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky.(WHAS 11)--The New Shepherdsville mayor is taking steps to cut back on the city's budget  that includes a reorganization of the city's police department, including a number of demotions.

In an effort to put more officers on the streets, Mayor Curtis Hockenbury demoted a handful of higher ranking officials within the department. He says this will save thousands of dollars.

Police Chief Doug Puckett says, "The morale within the department is good, officers will continue doing a great job for the community.  This is a very professional department with great employees.  The reorganization adds officers responding to calls for service.  Any time you are able to add patrol officers it is good for the community we serve. "

Aside from the demotions within the department, Chief Puckett also says the mayor is doing away with police dash cameras. But body cameras will remain as well as those attached to tasers. 

He says when equipping a new vehicle, the absence of dash cams would save $3,500...and says it is too early to know how it could affect transparency.


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