Falmouth mayor: 'Lack of leadership' led to chief firing

Falmouth mayor: 'Lack of leadership' led to chief firing

FALMOUTH, KY (FOX19) - The police chief in this Pendleton County community was fired this week after less than a year on the job.

Benny Johnson was let go for "lack of leadership, ineffective leadership and inability to effectively work with the office of the mayor, which constitute inefficiency and ineffectiveness under the general employment policies of the city which were determined as detrimental to the city," reads a letter from Mayor Elonda Hinson to Johnson.

Falmouth's city clerk, Chrissy O'Hara, said officials would not be discussing the termination on advice from their lawyer.

But city records show the mayor blames the chief for a burst of resignations, most that occurred this month.

The small police department of seven sworn officers is down from four resignations this year, including three this month alone. The administrative assistant also quit.

The last police chief, Mark Posey, was suspended in January 2015 and resigned amid allegations.

He was indicted two months later for allegedly using funds in a drug task force account for personal use.

In October, he pleaded guilty to abuse of public trust over $500, theft by unlawful taking of a firearm and 14 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Sgt. Greg Spaulding is the interim chief, according to the police department.

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