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October 2, 2013

Terminated police chief at odds with mayor over Eubank’s resources

Eubank —

Was the police chief of Eubank let go because he caught on to illegal activities among city leadership?
If you believe the former chief in question, then yes. If you believe the mayor of the small northern Pulaski County community, then no.
Luther Blanton, who had served as chief of Eubank Police for two years prior to last week, was recently fired from that position by Mayor Frey Todd and replaced by Colin Hatfield, Blanton’s second-in-command in Eubank. 
The city had only two police department positions, those having belonged to Blanton and Hatfield, the latter of whom had been with Eubank Police since May.
Blanton said that the firing came “as a surprise,” and alleged that it came after he’d brought information regarding misuse of city property to the attention of the city council.
“I’d been asking for over a year for (these activities) to stop, and they hadn’t stopped,” he said. “I asked (the council) to do something about it at the last meeting.”
Blanton said that he’d spoken with councilors personally after the meeting and advised them that the activities needed to stop “because they make Eubank look bad.”
According to the former chief, the activities in question involved “misuse” of dump trucks and backhoes, as well as labor by inmates of the Pulaski County Detention Center to do yard work on private property.
“All I asked the mayor and council to do was to follow the laws of Kentucky,” he said. “When the citizens of Eubank are paying for an employee to work for the citizens of Eubank and that person is out mowing the yard on private property while the citizens are paying them, that’s wrong.”
Todd countered that it’s not illegal in Eubank, because city law holds that individuals can pay to have such labor done on their property.

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