2012-04-05 / Front Page

City Council Concerned About Police Chief Absences

The Lexington City Council met in a special meeting last Wednesday and went into Executive Session to deliberate the employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of the Chief of Police, Jerry Bowden. When they returned into Open Session, no action was taken; however, since Bowden’s employment on July 1, 2011, he has been absent for weeks, apparently due to medical problems. At this time, the Police Department has four full time employees, including Chief Bowden, and three reserve officers.

In other business, Tim Brown made the motion to table action on Yoga classes at the Woodson Community Center until the City Attorney has a chance to look into it. Motion passed.

Lori Barnikow made the motion to hire an engineer to draw up designs, specifications and cost estimates on installing and connecting a water line to Blue Water to be put out for bid. Again, the motion passed.

Brown moved to hire Befco Engineering to determine the best method to use for a water filtration system, which passed, and Captain Clarence Yarbrough gave a six month probationary report on officers Gaskamp and Nurse. Yarbrough recommended they be taken off probation.

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