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Mayor's police personnel decision sparks tension at Bardstown city council meeting

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Tempers flared at a Bardstown city council meeting Tuesday night.

It was a standing room only scene, and residents had a lot to say to the city council and didn't hold back. 

"Ladies and gentlemen, this is a city council meeting, and I'm a city councilmen," Fred Hagan said. "If you don't mind giving me that respect."

Everyone wanted to chime in on John Royalty. Bardstown's mayor has been under heavy criticism after he restructured the city's police department, which led to the retirement of Rick McCubbin.

"It's well within my administrative rights to do what I did," Royalty said.

The major motion that was made Tuesday night came from city council member Kecia Copeland. 

"The public deserves to know," she said. "They deserve to have the air cleared." 

 Her motion calls for the city  to hire a third-party investigator.

That person would review how the mayor restructured the Bardstown Police Department and determine if any misconduct took place. 

"Again, this is unfortunate, but they have their right," Royalty said.

The city council did not vote on the motion Tuesday, opting to move the motion to a special meeting next Tuesday at 6 p.m. 

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