LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bardstown Police Chief Steve Uram has been removed from office after only eight months on the job.

Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton released a statement Thursday afternoon, citing "a change of leadership that I believe is now required."

Uram was appointed back in November after Rick McCubbin retired.

Heaton went on to write that eight officers have left the department in 2017 so far, which is over 25 percent of the force.

"This decision was made ... in an effort of moving towards the selection and appointment of a new Chief of Police that can create a working environment that strengthens the City's ability to attract and retain individuals that can provide quality law enforcement for the City and its citizens," Heaton said.

Uram told WDRB News in March the turnover was due to low police salaries, but concerns were raised that morale was an issue at the department.

That revolving door at BPD hasn't sat well with residents.

"They didn't know the police officers," said Bardstown resident Mark Evans. "The turnaround was so much that in a small town like this if you're not knowing the officers around you that gives you an uneasy feeling as well."

Evans added more uneasy feelings stem from the person who made Uram chief in the first place. Uram was appointed to the position by former Mayor John Royalty, who was recently voted out of office by Bardstown City Council.

Now former chief Capt. C.D. Marksbury will serve as Interim Chief of Police while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement.

Here is the letter released by Heaton:

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