Georgetown police chief fired, new mayor shakes up personnel during first week in office

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Jan 06, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-08 16:28:33-05

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — Georgetown Police Chief Mike Bosse was fired this week after newly elected mayor Burney Jenkins made substantial personnel changes.

Mayor Jenkins relieved Chief Bosse of his respective duties, as well as chief administrative officer Andrew Hartley.

"It has been my pleasure to serve the citizens of Georgetown over the last 10 years," Bosse said in a statement. "The Georgetown Police Department is a top-notch organization because of the great people who work there. The police department’s successes and accomplishments speak for themselves. The outpouring of support from the community today with news of my dismissal has been humbling. I’m still trying to process this mayor’s decision."

Over the phone with LEX 18, Mayor Jenkins said, “This is a change in direction,” adding that the removal of Hartley and Bosse was not a snap decision.

The mayor went on to say that he couldn’t offer specifics on the decision as he tries to wrap his head around everything happening in his first week in office.

Jenkins officially took office on Sunday.

Mayor Jenkin’s dismissal of the employees has been met with confusion and concern by locals like Susan Daniel. A volunteer for the police department, she said, “When a man does a job and brings a department from where it was to where it is now, and then they let him go….you just don't understand.”

Daniel plans to attend the city council meeting on Monday to comment on the Mayor’s decision. 

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Scott County Public Library.