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Indicted Hillview police chief keeps job, for now

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Council members weren't in agreement on what should be done, but the decision is ultimately up to Eadens, City Attorney Mark Edison said. Council members weren't in agreement on what should be done, but the decision is ultimately up to Eadens, City Attorney Mark Edison said.
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HILLVIEW, KY (WAVE) – Hillview's police chief, whom federal prosecutors say covered up a mobile meth lab and then lied to the FBI about it, will keep his job for now.

Chief Glenn Caple was indicted last week on one federal count of making false statements to investigators. He faces up to five years in prison.

Mayor Jim Eadens – who's no stranger to the case – confirmed Wednesday that Caple was still the city's police chief.

"(Residents) can trust (the police) 100 percent and I will make no more comments," Eadens said to reporters after a special City Council meeting.

Eadens and the City Council spent about 40 minutes in executive session to discuss Caple's future with the department.

Council members weren't in agreement on what should be done, but the decision is ultimately up to Eadens, City Attorney Mark Edison said.

"The only thing he was asking the council for was their input," Edison said. "What's the consensus? I don't have any idea."

Two City Council members, Mickey Cheatham and Karen Johnson, declined comment about their opinions after the meeting. Three other members didn't return messages seeking comment and another member's listed phone number wasn't working.

Caple's future was the only item on the council's agenda.

According to a one-count federal indictment, Caple told other police officers to move a backpack containing a mobile meth lab from an elected official's property in January 2012.

Caple then lied to FBI agents about moving the meth lab, according to the indictment filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.

Multiple sources, including Caple's attorney, Thomas Clay, said the elected official referenced in the indictment was Eadens.

Eadens will not have a conflict of interest in deciding whether to retain the chief, Edison said.

The mayor will likely wait for court proceedings to get underway before making his decision, Edison said.

"Would you want to be fired because somebody said you broke the law?" he said. "Probably not."

Caple is scheduled to be formally arraigned in Louisville on Oct. 22.

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