HORSE CAVE — Two Horse Cave police officers are on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an ongoing federal investigation the FBI is conducting with assistance from the Kentucky State Police involving the Horse Cave Police Department.
Horse Cave Mayor Randall Curry confirmed that information Monday night after the Horse Cave City Council meeting when he met with two media representatives.
The officers who are on leave are Horse Cave Police Chief Sean Henry and Officer Chris Trulock.
Henry has been chief of the Horse Cave Police Department for about six years, while Trulock has been employed by the police department since October 2017.
Search warrants were executed at the Horse Cave Police Department on March 5 as part of the federal investigation.
The action shut down the Horse Cave Police Department for two days, but it resumed regular business on March 7.
“When they called me last Monday morning and when I came and met with the FBI, his name was Brad Mullins and Capt. John Clark, we met in here and they briefed me about the search warrant that they had for the Horse Cave Police Department,” Curry said. “They briefed me on what he was going to do.”
The mayor said he was told the matter didn't involve him, so he left.
“It's still just an investigation. I haven't heard anything from the FBI, who is leading the investigation,” Curry said.
During the search of the police department, computers were taken. Also taken were Henry and Trulock's personal cell phones, he said.
“They did bring our electronics back last Friday,” Curry said.
Horse Cave has six police officers, including Henry and Trulock. But when they were put on administrative leave, the police department was down to four officers.
“I've got other officers to pick up the slack,” Curry said. “I'm also letting one officer cover down at Caverna High School because of all the school shootings. Caverna High School is in our jurisdiction.”
That officer assigned to Caverna High School is Chuck Webb, who Curry said has worked in the capacity of a school resource officer in the past.
The mayor is unsure how long Henry and Trulock will be off work.
“It's just a process right now,” he said. “That timeline I can't give you right now, but I'm working on it.”
He also said that he does not know the nature of the investigation.
“They have not told me,” he said.
Without Henry to lead the police department, Curry said he is taking on the duty of chief administrator.
“I'm helping to direct until we can get back to where we need to be,” he said.
Curry has never had anything like this to happen in the past.
He did, however, comment on recent incidents taking place in neighboring communities and said: “It's almost like a black cloud. It comes from Glasgow. A few months ago it was Munfordville about their fire department and then it's Horse Cave.”
Curry has been mayor of Horse Cave for seven years and is in his second term.
“And I'm going to run again this time,” he said. “I've been taught not to be a quitter. One thing I was told a long, long time ago is that quitters never win and winners never quit. I'm not afraid either.”
The Horse Cave City Council did meet in executive session Monday night to discuss a personnel matter, but when the city council resumed its open meeting an announcement was made that no action would be taken.