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Bardstown councilwoman calls for interim police chief's firing

Councilwoman Kecia Copeland (Source: WAVE 3 News) Councilwoman Kecia Copeland (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Police Chief McKenzie Mattingly (Source: WAVE 3 News) Police Chief McKenzie Mattingly (Source: WAVE 3 News)

BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) – A Bardstown city councilwoman is calling for the interim police chief to be fired.

Friday, Councilwoman Kecia Copeland said acting Police Chief McKenzie Mattingly should be fired after he admitted to using a trailer reported as stolen property.
 
Mattingly took over after Rick McCubbin retired earlier this year.
 
"There have been integrity issues, lack of trust, so it's important that we stay on the up and up,” Copeland said.
 
She’s asking Mayor John Royalty to fire Mattingly.
 
“Immediately, I thought they were going to suspend him until they were able to look at this, but furthermore, termination needs to be done,” Copeland added.

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The tipping point for her revolved around Mattingly’s use of a trailer.
 
Nelson County Sheriff’s records show Marlin Barnes filed a report for his stolen trailer on Aug. 23. Nearly a month later, on Sept. 19, Barnes thought he spotted it at Lowe's and called 911.

“I'm pretty damn confident that this is my trailer,” Barnes is heard saying on the call. "Is that?...That's McKenzie…That's McKenzie Mattingly. Hold on one second."
 
Barnes eventually gives the phone to Mattingly so he can speak with the operator.
 
"They got it from a house that had a bunch of stolen property,” Mattingly said. “They thought they had it identified and the guy that came up and looked at it said it ain't mine so it had been sitting up there probably three or four weeks."

"Making statements saying that we were hoping that he was going to see it, that's not good enough,” Copeland said. “That's a hideous statement."

Copeland said Mattingly can't plead ignorance and believes he broke the law, in particular, KRS 514.070, which relates to “theft by failure to make required disposition of property.”
 
"You should know everything that's going on within your department,” Copeland said. “Regardless of how you saw it, how you spin it, you broke the law and now that trust is lacking with the community."

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