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Fallout continues from the firing of a Bardstown Police officer

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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- More fallout is coming from the firing of a Bardstown Police officer accused of destroying records. 

Former Police Chief Rick McCubbin, who retired last week, posted an open letter to the mayor and the community of Bardstown on Thursday. 

In it, he claims some city officials are attacking the reputations of veteran officers

Former Bardstown Police Captain Tom Roby was fired Tuesday

The city released an "Employee Warning Report," which claims Roby was seen shredding documents and that he wiped his computer. 

He's also accused of putting documents in a trash can to be shredded, including "drug task force case files" and "internal affairs files." 

In his statement on social media, McCubbin writes:

"The internal affairs files under discussion were in fact handed to the proper people by me. As to the allegations of improper shredding and deleting, it is important to understand that we shred documents daily at the PD and are permitted to clean our computers and papers of personal items." 

WDRB has also been asking questions about the drug task force files to be shredded.

Ron Eckart, the Director of the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force says officers often take copies of cases with them. 

Roby was a member of the task force for several years, and according to Eckart, he was correct in trying to destroy that paperwork. 

"If you're leaving, there's no sense of having them laying around for other people to look at," Eckart said. "The cases we do are confidential investigations." 

When we asked city officials to clarify what officers are supposed to do with documents when leaving the department, we were referred to a state law. 

KRS 519.060 says in part that someone is guilty of tampering with records, if, without authority, that person "intentionally destroys, mutilates, conceals, removes, or otherwise impairs the availability of any public records." 

Bardstown officials have declined on-camera for questions, citing potential criminal charges. 

Roby was recently demoted within the Bardstown PD, in the mayor's restructuring. He had been using time off he earned and planned to retire at the end of the month. 

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