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Parties seek early end to suit by former chief

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By The Staff

LEBANON JUNCTION - A year ago, police chief Darrell Paul was removed from his position as police chief.

Now, the dismissal is a point of discussion for the Bullitt Circuit Court.

Attorneys representing Paul and the city of Lebanon Junction were recently in court with each asking Circuit Judge Rodney Burress to rule in favor of their summary judgment requests.

Kristie Walker, insurance attorney representing the city, said that Lebanon Junction mayor Butch Sweat removed Paul on July 30, 2008, at-will.

She said there was no reason for the dismissal and no complaints had been filed.

As a result of the at-will firing, she contended that Paul was not due any type of appeal hearing to either the mayor or the city council.

She added the city had not adopted KRS Chapter 95 or a civil service commission by ordinance.

Walker felt the lawsuit should be dismissed.

However, Gary Adams and Thomas Clay, representing Paul, differed with that opinion.

Adams said his client asked for a hearing before the city council but was denied.

On July 31, 2008, Adams said the mayor wrote a letter stating that the termination was due to unsatisfactory performance by the chief and actions were taken that discredited the city.

Adams said no specific issues were every mentioned by the mayor in his letter.

Under KRS 95,765, Adams said no member of a police department shall be disciplined without written charges and a hearing.

He added the mayor’s letter stated that the city had adopted the policies and procedures in an ordinance from 2001.

Adams contended that his client should be returned to his position with back pay and benefits immediately.

Burress took the matter under submission.