Bardstown residents rally against mayor

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Published: Apr. 24, 2016 at 11:50 PM EDT
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Dozens of Bardstown residents gathered in front of the Nelson County Courthouse on Sunday to express their outrage over Mayor John Royalty's recent decisions.

Residents say their breaking point was when Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin announced that he will resign on May 31st.

McCubbin's decision came after Mayor Royalty made several staff changes within the city's police department

Changes included demoting several officers and promoting Detective Mckenzie Mattingly, who was once charged with Michael Newby's 2004 murder in Louisville. A jury found him not guilty.

Councilwoman Kecia Copeland was among the group speaking out against the mayor on Sunday afternoon.

"Here is a chief of police for 2015 and you're telling him that you can't consult with him to make those decisions. I think something is wrong," said Copeland.

Some dispatch workers were at the rally. They are concerned that Royalty will cut jobs by asking state dispatch to handle local police and emergency medical services runs.

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