Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

January 10, 2014

Officer is reinstated; to receive back pay

All administrative charges against Graves dropped

By MELINDA J. OVERSTREET
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Glasgow Police Department Lt. Col. David Graves reached an agreement with the city of Glasgow that all administrative charges filed against him will be dismissed, it was announced Friday by Graves’ attorney, Alan Simpson, and by Glasgow Mayor Rhonda Riherd Trautman.

Graves was first placed on paid administrative leave and then unpaid leave nearly a year ago after he was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. A Barren County jury found him not guilty in October.

Simpson said in a release that Graves is being reinstated to his rank as lieutenant colonel and will receive full back pay and benefits. Simpson also added that Graves has almost 20 years of service at the GPD, and that he will retire no later than April 1.

“Lt. Col. Graves appreciates all support from the community over these many years of his service and is looking forward to his retirement,” Simpson said in the release.

Trautman released her own statement Friday evening. She deferred questions to either City Attorney Ben Rogers or Stacey Blankenship, the additional legal counsel the city retained.

Julie Anne Williams, public affairs officer for GPD, also deferred to the city’s attorneys. Attempts to reach Rogers and Blankenship were unsuccessful.

Trautman’s statement said Graves would retire Feb. 1 as part of an agreement reached between attorneys representing Graves and the city.

Addressing the discrepancy in the retirement date, Simpson said it could be as soon as Feb. 1, but it would be “no later than April 1.” Simpson explained they are making sure all of Graves’ service credits have been counted and are double-checking that his retirement eligibility date is correct.

“We built in a cushion just in case it was not calculated correctly,” Simpson said.

Trautman’s release mentioned the criminal charge against Graves and that a Barren District Court jury found him not guilty.

“But Graves was subsequently suspended after an internal investigation revealed allegations of city administrative and police department violations,” the mayor said.

Simpson said in response that the city had filed no additional administrative charges against Graves after the trial, and the only administrative charges or suspensions against him were in the few weeks after his arrest.

“The agreement specifies that Graves will receive pay for the period of time he was suspended, but will remain on inactive status pending retirement,” Trautman said in her statement.

Simpson said Graves is going to a training in Richmond next week, but “he will not have to report for duty” at any time before his retirement.

“He’s not going to have to work at all,” Simpson said.

Graves will be paid until his retirement, in addition to full back pay and benefits dating to July 15, the date he ran out of vacation and other leave time, Simpson said. The amount of that pay is expected to be about $26,000, Simpson said.

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