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2011-06-16 / Front Page

City Settles with Officers

Narrows Search for New Police Chief

Following six months of discussions and committee meetings about citizen complaints against the Lexington Police Department, none of which were formally filed and which resulted in Police Chief Randy Davenport resigning on March 31, Lexington’s only two remaining officers have left the department.

In last Wednesday’s City Council meeting, members agreed to accept the settlement agreement with Lexington Police Officers Fredrick Kelley and Jim Sherer, which was drafted by the officers’ attorney, Shane Boasberg of Austin.

The agreement was finalized as of last Friday, June 10, and reads, “In exchange for Officer Kelley and Officer Sherer signing a ‘ Release of all Claims’ and resigning from the Lexington Police Department, (hereinafter referred to as LPD), both Officer Kelley and Officer Sherer will receive an honorable F- 5 discharge. Fredrick Kelley will receive two months’ severance following his resignation from LPD. Jim Sherer will receive four months’ severance following his resignation from LPD. Kelley will further receive his accrued benefits of 8 hours sick and/or vacation time from the City of Lexington. Sherer will receive his accrued benefits of 116 hours of sick time and 80 hours of vacation time from the City of Lexington.

“Sherer and Kelley both agree not to appeal Lexington City Council’s decision to accept their resignation from the LPD.”

Kelley has been on Paid Administrative Leave from the LPD since March 17, 2011 and Sherer has been on Paid Leave since March 31, 2011.

The City of Lexington has been interviewing candidates for a new Chief of Police. They began their search with over 50 applicants, narrowing that number down to 15 candidates that have been interviewed over recent weeks.

Mayor Robert Willrich, Sr. said they hope to narrow the field down and have a recommendation for the City Council within a week.

Willrich said, “We still hope to have a Police Chief on board by July 1, 2011.”

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