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Mayor names committee to select police chief

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By Randy Patrick

Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton has named an eight-member panel to review applications for the city’s new chief of police.

He announced its members at the end of the City Council’s meeting Tuesday night.

The committee is tasked with helping the mayor find a replacement for Chief Steve Uram, who was fired by Heaton July 6.

Greg Ashworth, the city’s risk manager, will facilitate the committee’s work. Councilmen John Kelley and Roland Williams, and Human Resources Director Larry Green will serve, and City Attorney Tim Butler will be a non-voting “ex-officio” member. Those from outside city government who will be on the committee are Nelson County Public Library Director Sharon Shanks, retired Capt. Randy Overstreet of the Kentucky State Police and Ward “Bubba” Wood, who is retired from the Army.

“We’ll keep the application process open until Aug. 1, and then the committee will meet and start the review process,” the mayor said.

In a recent interview, Heaton said he wants the committee to interview the candidates, narrow the selection to three, forward those three to him, and he will interview the finalists and make the selection.

What he is looking for in a police chief, he said, is someone who has a great deal of experience, can make “tough decisions,” is consistent in implementing policies and who inspires trust among police officers and the people.

He said last week Uram was a good, hardworking person, but “not the right person for the job.”

The former police chief’s wife, Carolyn Uram, was in the audience during the meeting Tuesday. So was Charles David Marksbury, who will be the interim chief until a permanent police chief is chosen. He will be assisted in administration by Sgt. Tom Blair, who will be the new captain.

Marksbury was chief of police for Bardstown from December 2000 until his retirement in 2011. After his retirement, he returned to work for the department as a part-time evidence technician.

Uram, a former big city police supervisor, was hired eight months ago to replace Chief Rick McCubbin, who resigned after former Mayor John Royalty reorganized the Police Department while the chief was on medical leave. McCubbin is now the chief of the Shepherdsville Police Department.