By Portia Williams
FLATWOODS, Ky. — Kraig Hankins, former Flatwoods, Ky., police chief who was fired last month with a unanimous vote by Flatwoods City Council, has filed an appeal with the Greenup County Circuit Court.
Hankins contacted the Portsmouth Daily Times last week and said he had submitted an appeal to the courts. Hankins said he was not at liberty to discuss any of the details of the appeal as advised by his attorney. Hankins was fired last month at a two-hour executive session meeting of the Flatwoods City Council. Members of the council voted unanimously to fire Hankins after multiple charges were brought against the former chief, who was suspended last month.
Tom Haynes, former Flatwoods police chief, has put his retirement on hold to serve as the interim police chief for the city of Flatwoods. During a special meeting of the city council held last week, approval was granted to hire Haynes, following the fire of Hankins.
Mayor Bobby Crager said Haynes was a good choice to step in as chief.
“I felt he was a good choice because he is a former chief and he did an excellent job,” Crager said.
According to Crager, there will be no extension of Haynes’s contract beyond Dec. 31, 2014, and that the city will the interview process for a new police chief in the fall. Haynes said he is still adjusting back into the position of police chief of Flatwoods.
“It feels different. I have been in retirement for almost two years. August the first would have been two years,” Haynes said.”I knew there were some issues within the police department, and I felt like it was important to get things headed back in the right direction.”
Haynes he has always maintained a good, working relationship with Mayor Bobby Crager.
“I talked to the mayor, and he’s been a good mayor throughout the years. He has always been a good mayor, he was always good to me. I agreed to come back and finish out with his term,” he said. There will be a new mayor elected in November, and that mayor will have his own option to pick who he wants as police chief,” he said.
He said he is optimistic about moving forward as chief.
“I just want to make the police department the best department that it can be. Other than that, I don’t have any particular plans,” he said.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.