Former Police Officer Wants To Know Why He Was Let Go

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Former Cumberland police officers Owen Petrey and Jeremy Allen were terminated at the end of March.

They say they weren't given any reason why.

One of those officers went to Thursday night's city council meeting to get some answers.

Owen Petrey says he was told the city simply couldn't afford to keep him and the other officer on the payroll.

He says he really became suspicious when the city hired a new officer recently.

He went to the city council meeting hoping to get answers from city officials.

Owen Petrey looked on as the Cumberland City Council worked on their budget for next year.

He says he didn't get a chance to ask city officials why he was let go.

Councilman Charles Raleigh did it for him.

Councilman Charles Raleigh: We hired one new officer but had two let go. What was the financial situation that changed?

Mayor Loretta Cornett: There was no financial difference whatsoever. It was the probationary period.

Cumberland's Mayor, Loretta Cornett, says the officers were still in their first six month probationary period and they were let go after a review.

“It really surprised me when she said probationary period. You still have to have a reason and the reason she gave me was a financial crisis,” Petrey said.

“It's nothing to do with budget issues,” Mayor Cornett said.

Cornett also said that the officers were never told that there release was because of financial issues.

The mayor says they were simply let go and we asked her why.

WYMT: Any particular reason why they were not acceptable enough to pass the probationary period?

Mayor Cornett: No, the city needs academy trained.

The mayor says the newly hired officer has academy training.

Owen Petrey doesn't, but says he would've gotten that training and says he did a good job.
“I did what I was supposed to do. I see no reason for me to have been let go,” Petrey said.

The other officer, Jeremy Allen, was not at the meeting and we weren't able to reach him by phone.

As for Owen Petrey, he says he's meeting with his attorney to discuss his next move.

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  • by ???? Location: kentucky on May 30, 2008 at 01:12 PM
    those two officers need to get them an attorney and own part of cumberland. Same thing happen to me in Paintsville KY. Most of the mayors in Kentucky are there for one reason and thats to protect there buddies and dont care about anybody else. GET A NEW MAYOR CUMBERLAND!!!!!
  • by john Location: jackson ky on May 30, 2008 at 11:33 AM
    I think she should have to give a fair good reason for letting them go, and to let it be public knowledge for her city and community. Will be interesting to see what she has to say, or the reasons she is giving.
  • by Kim on May 30, 2008 at 07:58 AM
    corrupt, corrupt, corrupt.....I am sad to be American.
  • by Tim Location: Lexington on May 30, 2008 at 06:58 AM
    That is the way I see it too. They were on their probation period. I uderstand that they are mad..but get over it. Focus your time/energy on getting another job. There wasn't anything illeagal done here.
  • by nobody Location: mccreary county on May 30, 2008 at 06:11 AM
    Well I don't see what the fuss is KY is a employ at will state you can be fired at anytime and they don't even have to give you a reason. So if these guys get there jobs back then everyone in Ky who has been fired for no reason should get there jobs back.
  • by gary on May 30, 2008 at 05:40 AM
    i think they need to impeach the mayor and give it to owen petry since he no longer has a job? that would teach her a lesson i believe.
  • by ex cop on May 30, 2008 at 05:00 AM
    sound to me like little town politics this is a on going thing in the state they knew he had not been to klec when they hired the officer it cost thousands of dollars to put a man on the street he needs to get a lawyer
  • by citizen Location: cumberland on May 29, 2008 at 09:56 PM
    she told me it was because they pulled over to many people and gave out to many tickets thats her reason for fireing them that just rong council needs to impeach her now


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