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Rolling Hills City Council votes to fire former LMPD officer Kenneth Betts

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Rolling Hills City Council voted Tuesday night to fire code enforcement officer and former LMPD officer Kenneth Betts effective immediately. 

"We will be notifying Mr. Betts that we deem it necessary to immediately sever the working relationship he has with the city of Rolling Hills and the duties outlined in his current contract," said Rolling Hills Mayor Stone Jaeger.

About a dozen residents met to speak with the council before a decision was made - some upset with how long the council allowed Betts to be an employee amid child abuse allegations.

"We don’t know if Mr. Betts is guilty or innocent and that is not for us to judge - but I find it hard to believe that you continued even from the beginning to allow this to go on," said one resident visibly frustrated at the city council.

The vote comes weeks after Betts was indicted in a sexual abuse case against LMPD's Explorer program. 

Residents of Rolling Hills voiced their concerns on Betts working there, saying there are a lot of children in the area. 

Betts resigned from LMPD in 2014. 

"I am not saying anybody is guilty or innocent but until this is resolved I would not feel safe with my family having him in the neighborhood," said Rolling Hills resident Peggy Stephens.

Residents say Betts usually attends the council meetings but he was not in attendance Tuesday night.

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