Bardstown mayor writes open letter amid rumors of protests

Bardstown mayor writes open letter amid rumors of protests

BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) – The Mayor of Bardstown wrote an open letter to residents Friday as the city braces for protests.

Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin announced Monday he would retire from his position after he learned Mayor John Royalty planned to reorganize the department.

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Royalty named McKenzie Mattingly, a former Louisville Metro Police Department officer acquitted for shooting a suspect, as his replacement.

That decision is not sitting well with some in Bardstown who plan to protest Sunday and explore the procedure for a mayoral recall.

Royalty issued a letter to the people of Bardstown that read in part:

"I have been accused of going off half-cocked. When the dust settles and all is known, I am confident that you will see that my actions were well thought out, and were in the best interests of the citizens of Bardstown. Protesting is fine, it is your right. But please withhold final judgement until all the facts are known."

To read Royalty's full letter, click here.

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