Police chief steps down, mayor drops complaint

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 3:02 PM

VILLA HILLS, Ky. (AP) — A northern mayor has dropped a complaint against a police chief whose dismissal he was seeking in exchange for the man's resignation.

The Kentucky Enquirer (http://cin.ci/Qfaziz) reports the agreement was announced Tuesday in the midst of a disciplinary hearing against Villa Hills Police Chief Dan Goodenough.

Mayor Mike Martin had alleged in a 64-page complaint on March 12 "that probable cause exists of inefficiency, misconduct (rude behavior), insubordination, violation of the law and violation of city policies, including police department policies."

Goodenough's attorney argued that he could not be fired for personality conflicts and evidence presented was "devoid of performance deficiencies" that would warrant his firing.

Goodenough — who has served with the department for 27 years, 10 of them as chief — was suspended on March 5 without pay.

Both sides seemed pleased with the agreement.

"Everybody's going to be moving forward," Goodenough said.

Martin said Goodenough served the city "very well for a long time.

"There's no doubt about that," he continued. "There wouldn't be so many people out here so passionate for him if that wasn't the case. Unfortunately, there were some things that happened and we just had to take a different path."

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Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com

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