Protesters want Bardstown mayor removed

Protesters want Bardstown mayor removed
(Source: Kayla Vanover/WAVE 3 News)
(Source: Kayla Vanover/WAVE 3 News)

BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Angry voices shouted out in Bardstown on Sunday night.

Those voices came from protesters, who are trying to force the city's mayor, John Royalty, out of office.

The anger is the result of Royalty's reorganization of the Bardstown Police Department, which resulted in the abrupt retirement of police chief Rick McCubbin.

Could the mayor get removed?

It would be a process, and their strategy is to gather signatures on a petition, which could jump-start an investigation.

Organizers are seeking to discover misconduct on the mayor's part.

More than 100 people exercised their First Amendment rights Sunday in front of Nelson County Justice Center, rallying to "Recall Royalty."

The microphone swapped hands several times as the disappointed protesters vented about the mayor's decision to restructure the police department, as well as his decision to remove a long-time Bardstown firefighter and his ideas to relocate the 911 center.

Royalty's changes at BPD include him naming former Louisville Metro Police Department officer McKenzie Mattingly, who was acquitted for shooting a suspect, as McCubbin's replacement.

Residents of Bardstown signified their regrets by signing the petition to call for an investigation of the mayor.

A city council meeting is scheduled for this Tuesday. If the petition signatures aren't revealed then, the city council could call for a special meeting to discuss it.

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