LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin has confirmed that he plans to retire.
Mayor John Royalty says he met with McCubbin on Monday.
"He said he was going to retire, and I asked him not to, that I still need him here, still wanted him here," Royalty said.
McCubbin's retirement comes after Royalty rearranged who's in top positions at the police department, without telling McCubbin.
In part of a statement, McCubbin writes: "As you are aware the past events and restructuring of our department has caused much attention as I have stated that I did not agree with the direction that has been published in a directive by the mayor. I am aware that the mayor has the full authority to do this and in order to allow this to happen I will retire and remove myself as a distraction."
We asked Mayor Royalty if he regrets his recent actions.
"No, I don't regret what I did. It was maybe how I did it, but the outcome would have been the same."
Bardstown Councilwoman Kecia Copeland sent WDRB News a statement, which said in part, "Our mayor has made a repulsive, irresponsible and calculated decision. One that will have a devastating impact on our city and county alike."
McCubbin has been in law enforcement for nearly 30 years. Some people who live in Bardstown say he'll be hard to replace.
"Losing your very experienced police chief is not a good thing for our community," said resident Andy Stone.
Royalty says Mckenzie Mattingly, who became assistant chief in the restructuring, will serve as interim chief.
Mattingly used to be a Louisville Metro Police officer and was acquitted of murder after he shot and killed a 19-year-old man during an undercover drug buy in 2004.
He later joined Bardstown PD. Mayor Royalty says he does not plan to appoint Mattingly as chief.
"I will look outside this department," Royalty said. "I will not rush. I will look, and I will do my research and do backgrounds and talk to a lot of people."
Royalty says that McCubbin will retire at the end of May.
Here is the full statement from McCubbin:
After much consideration, meeting with the mayor, and those closest to me, I have made the decision to retire as the chief of Police of the Bardstown Police Department. As you are aware the past events and restructuring of our department has caused much attention as I have stated that I did not agree with the direction that has been published in a directive by the mayor. I am aware that the mayor has the full authority to do this and in order to allow this to happen I will retire and remove myself as a distraction.
The Mayor did not ask me to retire, but to actually reconsider my decision. I have, however, made that decision. I have been approached in the past with opportunities and have, like any police officer with almost 29 years, have tossed around retirement. With the impending changes my time has come. Since this is the distraction the department is headed I will respectfully and professionally make room so that that can happen.
I want to thank the most dedicated, professional, officers that I have worked with and they allowed me to be called their chief; the men and women of BPD. I have asked them to persevere, remain relentless, and do what is right for the citizens of Bardstown. Secondly, to the citizens of Bardstown who accepted me five years ago as their chief and I hope that I have not disappointed those whom we serve.
As well, Former Mayors Heaton and Sheckles, who, in the transition of one mayor leaving office and another coming in, gave me the opportunity to your chief. And lastly to Mayor Royalty who allowed me to remain chief for sixteen months of his administration.
This, my friends, has been an honor.
May our paths cross again.
Your chief, Rick McCubbin.
The story was first reported by the Kentucky Standard, a story that McCubbin then tweeted:
It has been an honor. Thank you, Bardstown.https://t.co/Dw4yR8m8mf— Rick McCubbin (@kyrickmc) April 18, 2016
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