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Campellsburg police chief resigns post

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

General Manager

Starting Friday, the City of Campbellsburg will find itself without a police chief.

Campbellsburg Police Chief Paul McDonald submitted his resignation to Mayor Carl Rucker last week, and the city council was officially notified during Monday night’s council meeting.

Rucker told the council that when McDonald submitted his resignation, it was not a good day.

“I had a very sad day a few days ago, when one of the best certified law officials in Henry County, better known as the Police Chief for the City of Campbellsburg, gave me his notice of resignation,” Rucker said.

McDonald said in a press release announcing his resignation earlier this month he was offered a position with in a fourth class city in Eastern Jefferson County.

Monday, the out-going chief said family issues led to the decision.

“I have a family issue that requires me to be closer to home,” he said. “I found a job that I could walk to, if I wanted.”

In his statement to the Campbellsburg City Council, McDonald said “I am faced with a difficult decision at home regarding my 84-year-old mother.”

McDonald’s mother has been living with his sister, but now will need to live with him and his wife. That, he said, requires him to work much closer to home.

Police chief in Campbellsburg for four years, McDonald said he has enjoyed the time he’s spent in Campbellsburg.

Becoming a police officer, he said, was a life long goal.

“I always wanted to be a policeman and fireman since I was five,” he said. And McDonald made good on those goals, serving as a police officer since 1980.

In the 28 years since, McDonald has served the Woodlawn Park, Prospect and Louisville Police Departments, before coming to Campbellsburg.

During that time period, he also was a member of the Harrods Creek Fire Department, rising to the rank of assistant chief and, eventually, deputy chief.

McDonald also has been a certified emergency medical technician since 1978, and feels that one of his biggest contributions to the community was assisting on EMS calls.

“We appreciate you for the four years you’ve given us,” council member Roger O’Nan said.

“We’ll miss him, I know that,” council member Jan Fletcher said.

The council did not take any action on seeking a replacement.

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