Council member Brad Penn confirmed to the News-Graphic that Greg
Reeves has been relieved of his duties as chief of police by Mayor
Penn said he was notified by the mayor in an afternoon phone
By law, the Georgetown Chief of Police work under purview of the
mayor. Personnel moves are at the mayor's discretion and need not
be approved by the city council.
Mayor Varney did not immediately return calls Thursday from the
"It's no secret we've had controversy in our police department for
some time," Penn said. "We have to understand our position as the
legislative branch and his (Varney's) position as the executive
branch to make those types of decisions."
Reeves has been at the center of controversy several times during
his 8-year career as chief. Most recently, a letter of no
confidence in Reeves surfaced last year which was purportedly
signed by more than half the officers on the force. The
News-Graphic was unable to confirm the validity of those
signatures. At the time, Reeves declined to comment on the
Penn said he was not informed what precipitated the move.
"We didn't go into any of that," he said of his conversation with
Mayor Varney. "I'm assuming we probably will at a later
Council member David Lusby said Thursday afternoon that he had not
been notified of the move.
"If it is the case, I'm disappointed," he said.
Penn said he would prefer not to comment on his feelings about the
"I think any time there is controversy in any department, it's a
concern of ours," he said. "But I do trust that our human resource
director, city attorney and mayor have made the right decisions and
will continue to protect the future of the city of
According to his biography on the Georgetown Police Department's
web page, Reeves was appointed chief by Varney in 2004. Before that
he had served as assistant chief and detective with the Georgetown
PD. In all he has spent 28 years with the agency, starting as a
patrol officer in 1984 just after graduating from Eastern Kentucky
University Law Enforcement Academy.