Flatwoods City Council Votes to Fire Police Chief

 The Flatwoods city council voted to fire police chief, Kraig Hankins, in a special meeting Saturday morning.

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FLATWOODS, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The Flatwoods city council voted to fire police chief, Kraig Hankins, in a special meeting Saturday morning.

Nearly all of the meeting was held in executive session.

Details regarding the case and the lawsuit filed by Hankins and his attorney, Kenneth Reed were not released until Saturday, because of a request by Judge Bob Conley that the case be sealed.

The council found Hankins guilty on five charges, four of them resulting in termination.

Two of the charges were for insubordination, one of them against the Mayor, and the other for actions against his officers.

Another was inefficiency, by failing to properly manage the Flatwoods Police Department.

The council also found him guilty of misconduct for improper communication with the city clerk during the time he was getting the job as chief.

The City Attorney, Stephen McGinnis, said another charge of violating the department's personnel policy.

McGinnis said when one of the police officers filed grievances against Hankins, Hankins improperly retaliated against the officer.

The termination is effective immediately. Hankins has been on paid suspension since the beginning of April.


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