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October 2, 2013

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

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As that didn’t happen, Belcher said that she felt “blindsided” by the decision.
Council Edward Hicks declined to comment on the matter when contacted by the Commonwealth Journal, but did say that “most of the council was advised” about the firing.
A call to councilor Larry Wheeldon was not immediately returned. 
Todd said he didn’t need to contact the city council about the decision to let Blanton go.
“I had the authority to do it,” he said, “so I did it.”
Bill Jones is the other councilor for Eubank.
Blanton is a Eubank native who returned to the community after having served in numerous law enforcement-related functions elsewhere, including the position of sheriff in Montgomery County, Indiana.
He said that the matter of misuse of city resources — by individuals including, according to Blanton, the mayor and members of the city’s water company — is currently “under investigation,” but he would not say by whom.
“It may be multiple agencies working on it before it’s done,” he said, “because it’s not only state laws that have been violated, but federal laws violated.”
He said he’d brought the matter up to the council more than a year ago but “got nothing but roadblocks by the mayor and certain members of the council at that time.”
Blanton added that he’s “not disgruntled” but just “concerned about the people of Eubank” and how their money is being spent. He said that he was “most definitely” let go unfairly.
“If you talk to the people of Eubank, you’ll find they were extremely happy with me,” he said. “ ... I came here to help Eubank do better in the world.”
Earlier in the week, when asked why he made the change, Todd said that “there was a lot of confusion for the last year or so” in Eubank and that “things (weren’t working out the way we thought they ought to” with Blanton as police chief.
“It was time to make a change,” said Todd.

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