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Officer returns to work; appeal still pending with civil service

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE -- A Shepherdsville police officer returned to work on Saturday but his appeal of disciplinary action taken against him is still pending.

Brent Dawson returned to work for the Shepherdsville Police Department on Saturday after serving a 30-day unpaid for his involvement in an allegedly illegal gambling operation in Hillview.

The long-time officer was charged in Bullitt District Court with loitering in a gambling establishment off Bells Mill Lane in August. He was not on duty at the time.

An internal investigation led chief Doug Puckett to discipline Dawson for unethical conduct, conduct unbecoming of a police officer, associating with the criminal element and having an unsecured weapon in his vehicle.

Puckett suspended Dawson for 30 days without pay and ordered that he undergo counseling through Gamblers Anonymous and he could not do any off-duty work that involved gaming or gambling.

On Tuesday, the Shepherdsville Civil Service Board was to hear the appeals case. However, attorney Mary Sharp, representing Dawson, said she had not had an opportunity to sit down and see if something could be worked out.

The city retained Jim Winchell to represent its case. City attorney Bill Wilson cited a conflict and would not be able to represent the city.

The board met for 15 minutes on Tuesday before closing its meeting. Sharp and Winchell met following that.

If a resolution is not worked out, the commission would return on Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. to begin the appeals hearing.

Puckett confirmed that Dawson’s suspension would conclude and he would return to second shift on Saturday, Oct. 24.