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Panel suggests three for police chief

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By Randy Patrick

And then there were three.

Bardstown’s Police Chief Selection Committee finished its work Wednesday by making its recommendations to the mayor.

Greg Ashworth, the city’s human resources manager, said Thursday the panel interviewed eight candidates for police chief Wednesday and submitted its top three choices to Mayor Dick Heaton, as instructed.

Ashworth said he doesn’t know when Heaton will make his choice from among those three.

“He has not given me any kind of time frame,” he said.

Earlier this month, Ashworth said there were 18 applicants for the job, including a Bardstown Police officer, an employee of the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office and some from other Kentucky communities and outside the state.

Heaton appointed the committee in July to make recommendations after he fired Police Chief Steve Uram following the loss of several city officers to other agencies.

Uram, a former Seattle-area police administrator with family ties to Nelson County, had been appointed by former Mayor John Royalty on the recommendation of a selection committee.

Former Police Chief Charles David Marksbury has been serving as interim chief.

Members of the selection panel were City Councilmen Roland Williams and John Kelley, a former county attorney; Sharon Shanks, the county’s public library director; Ward “Bubba” Wood, Randy Overstreet and City Attorney Tim Butler is a non-voting member.