LANCASTER — The long-standing controversy regarding Allen Weston’s role in the Lancaster Police Department reignited during Monday’s City Council meeting.
Mayor Brenda Powers believes Weston will be demoted to patrolman under a restructuring proposed by Lancaster Police Chief Rodney Kidd, she said outside the meeting. Weston currently is assistant police chief and former interim police chief. In the past, City Council rejected Powers’ suggestions that Weston be named to the permanent police chief post because they believed he needed more administrative experience.
Kidd, a former Louisville Metro Police sergeant, took the Lancaster post six months ago. Including the chief, the department has nine officers, four of which are administrators.
City Council members and Powers passed the 2012-13 budget on the understanding that one of the current police department administrators would go back to patrolman duties.
During Monday’s meeting, Kidd reported that he and Powers were at an impasse because she did not agree with his restructuring proposal.