Administrative hearing to determine if suspended Bardstown police officer will be fired
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bardstown's mayor and city attorney are considering testimony from an administrative hearing Thursday and will soon decide whether a police officer who was suspended without pay will be fired.
Officer Nick Houck was suspended in September. His brother is Brooks Houck, the longtime boyfriend of Crystal Rogers. The mother of five was last seen on July 3 at her boyfriend's farm in Nelson County.
Rogers' car was found on the Bluegrass Parkway with a flat tire, her purse, phone, keys and diaper bag still in it.
Her family members have raised concerns about Brooks Houck's story and said he hasn't helped them search.
Police will not say if Nick Houck's suspension has anything to do with Rogers' case, which is being handled by the Nelson County Sheriff's Office.
Thursday, a detective from that agency was called into the hearing to answer questions.
Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin also testified.
"We will be considering the testimony that was given and the evidence presented as that hearing," said city attorney Tim Butler. "We hope to make a decision within the next short period of time."
Butler says a decision could be announced as early as Friday.
Nick Houck's personnel file didn't explain the suspension, but revealed past problems with the department. He was reprimanded in 2012 for insubordination, and also got two warning reports in 2008: one for failing to call EMS to the scene of an accident and another saying he failed to alert dispatch to a traffic stop.
Houck and his attorney declined to comment after the hearing.
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