Irvington interim police chief resigns; KSP investigating
Michael Picente says he resigned at the request of his family.
Friday, August 29th 2014, 4:35 pm EDT by
Friday, August 29th 2014, 7:34 pm EDT
IRVINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) - An Irvington police car sat dormant in the department's parking lot on Friday. That's because acting chief Michael Picente just resigned.
WDRB obtained a copy of his resignation letter. It comes during a Kentucky State Police investigation. Picente says he is resigning, effective immediately, and appreciates the opportunity the city has given him.
"We are doing an investigation on the Irvington Police Chief," said Trooper Jeff Gregory of Kentucky State Police Post 4. "We got a complaint that we received several weeks ago, and we've been looking into it."
Kentucky State Police say the investigation is over official misconduct, but wouldn't get into specifics.
Irvington is a small community in Breckinridge County. At a barber shop by the police department, some want to see more police protection after recent vandalism in the city.
"Hire a new chief of police," advised James McDonald, a barber shop owner. "Open up and tell everybody what's going on."
"It's been hush-hush. It's been quiet. I really don't know what's going on," said Paul Wilson, who owns the same shop.
City Hall says Picente became the interim Chief after Chief Ernie Fox resigned to take a job with the Breckinridge County Sheriff's Department in May.
Irvington's Mayor, Inez Board, says Picente left to work on his construction business, but wouldn't comment on the KSP investigation. Board says she just hired another officer. There are now three on the department.
"Have faith in your local police department, as well as the state police," Gregory said. "A lot of good men and women (are) out there working hard jobs and representing and trying to take care of the area as best we can."
Picente called WDRB News. He wouldn't comment on the investigation, but says he resigned at the request of his family.
"Right now he has not been arrested or indicted," Gregory said. "It has not been presented to a grand jury, so it's something that still is under investigation at this time that we are still looking at."
A grand jury would decide if this case warrants a criminal charge.
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