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Applications are in for next chief of the Bardstown Police Department

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Bardstown Mayor John Royalty Bardstown Mayor John Royalty

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's the top job at the Bardstown Police Department, and city leaders say about 30 people have applied to be the next chief. 

"They've come from as far away as North Carolina, Florida," said Bardstown Mayor John Royalty. 

But Royalty says he hasn't actually looked at any of the applications. He's leaving that up to a board made up of five people he appointed: two council members and three civilians. 

"The board will look at those and recommend three of those people to me, and then from those three, I will interview and choose one of the three," Royalty explained. 

We're told the application deadline just passed, so board members will begin meeting next week to look at the candidates. 

"I think we have a good selection, I really do," said Councilman Bill Buckman, who is on the board narrowing the group down. "What I'm looking for specifically is someone who's going to be a good leader, lead by example."  

The search for a new chief comes after Royalty's controversial reorganization of the police department. The changes prompted former Chief Rick McCubbin to retire. McKenzie Mattingly has served as interim chief ever since. According to Royalty, Mattingly did not apply for the permanent job. 

Royalty says he hopes to get the new chief in place before the end of the year. And whoever gets the job will have a hand in deciding how the department will move forward with body cameras. Officers stopped wearing them in July. Royalty claims the city needs a better system. 

"What we're looking at now, we've got some companies we're looking at and it's going to be a considerable increase in money," Royalty said, adding that city council will also need to consider the issue. 

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