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.
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."