LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- Three weeks into his term as mayor of Shepherdsville, Curtis Hockenbury is making major changes, and not everyone approves of them.
Hockenbury confirmed Tuesday, Oct. 18, he is now involved in a lawsuit, resulting from some of the changes.
Hockenbury said he plans to demote several officers within the Shepherdsville Police Department. He says the reorganization will allow additional officers to be on the streets, responding to calls.
Tuesday Hockenbury told WHAS11 the city cannot comment further because of pending litigation. He would not confirm what it entailed, but only that it did involve him and the officers that are part of the reorganization.
Shepherdsville Police Chief Doug Puckett said, “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. “
Hockenbury also plans to eliminate dash-cams on police vehicles.
Puckett said eliminating the dash-cams from future vehicles will save $3,500 per vehicle. He said the department will still have body cameras and taser cameras for each officer. When asked how this will effect transparency between the department and the public, he said it’s too early to know.
The Shepherdsville City Council appointed Hockenbury to the position on Sept. 27.