Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 1, 2013

Glasgow police Sgt. Jessie Barton to be reinstated

GLASGOW —

Jessie Barton will continue to serve the Glasgow Police Department as a sergeant following the conclusion of his unpaid leave on July 8.

Barton was the subject of an administrative hearing Monday evening, where the Glasgow City Council found him guilty on three counts of violating GPD policies and procedures, but unanimously voted to reinstate him to his current position after his suspension.

Barton was charged with violating the GPD's personnel conduct policies regarding oath of office, ethical conduct and conduct unbecoming of an officer as a result of his admission during a federal trial May 1 and 2 that the information he provided during the investigation into an incident involving the Barren County Sheriff's Office had changed over time.

The internal investigation into Barton's conduct was initiated by Glasgow Mayor Rhonda Riherd Trautman, who recommended the council terminate Barton. He has been on unpaid administrative leave since May 20.

GPD detective Lt. Jimmy Phelps, who led the investigation, GPD public affairs officer Julie Anne Williams and Barton were the only three to testify in the hearing, which lasted two hours and 45 minutes. Barton's attorney, B. Alan Simpson, opened the hearing by making it clear to the council that he had requested other witnesses be subpoenaed, and Trautman denied him that right.

The only two relevant questions for the council during the hearing were, according to Trautman, whether Barton knowingly made false statements during a federal investigation into a Feb. 24, 2010, arrest incident involving Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton, and if so, what Barton's punishment should be. No other events are relevant to Barton's administrative hearing, Trautman said.

“Jessie Barton is a good cop,” Simpson opened by saying. “Jessie Barton has always done the right thing.”

When Barton was questioned by FBI agent Mike Brown in 2010 and later asked to testify before a grand jury, Simpson said Barton did not lie, but simply did not tell the whole truth. Barton told investigators he heard Eaton strike Billy Randall Stinnett that day, but did not tell investigators he actually witnessed a strike. Barton later testified in the spring 2013 federal trial against Eaton that he lied, and had in fact seen Eaton strike Stinnett. Eaton was later acquitted of the charge.

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