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Reeves relieved of duty as Georgetown Police Chief

Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012 4:24 pm

Georgetown Council member Brad Penn confirmed to the News-Graphic that Greg Reeves has been relieved of his duties as chief of police by Mayor Everette Varney.
Penn said he was notified by the mayor in an afternoon phone call.
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 News-Graphic.
"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 letter.
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 date."
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 move.
"I think any time there is controversy in any department, it's a concern of ours," heĀ  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 Georgetown.
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.

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