Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

July 2, 2013

Some Glasgow City Council members want more answers

By MELINDA J. OVERSTREET
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — After hearing allegations Monday evening that the Glasgow police chief engaged in what was perceived as harassing behavior toward an officer’s wife and that at least two of his staff members felt fear of retribution if they said anything about it, some members of the Glasgow City Council believe they should learn more of the story.

At an administrative hearing to determine whether Glasgow Police Department Sgt. Jessie Barton violated three portions of the department’s code of ethics and, if he did, what his punishment should be, Barton testified that he felt the charges were brought against him out of retaliation from GPD Chief Guy Turcotte.

In November, the chief and other officers responded to a crisis situation with Barton’s wife, who was, according to Barton, having a reaction to a new medication. After Turcotte transported Sara Barton to a Bowling Green hospital, he continued to check on her and they began to socialize and text frequently. Jessie Barton became uncomfortable and wrote a letter to the chief asking him to keep his distance from his wife. He gave it to Turcotte on Christmas day, Barton said in the hearing.

 

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