Franklin Police Chief Resigns After Investigation

By Jake Boswell | 

FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Todd Holder's tenure as Franklin Police Chief was relatively quiet, until last week when he was suspended after an internal investigation. A few days later, Holder offered his resignation. A decision ultimately approved by the city commission at a special called meeting Monday.

"A (City) Commission meeting yesterday (Monday) at noon, the Commission accepted the previous Chief's resignation," said Franklin City Manager, Kenton Powell.

City Officials are not commenting on details of Holder's suspension or subsequent resignation. However, they do say they've already appointed an interim police chief.

"I didn't come down to be long term but, I'm here to do a job and do it in whatever time is required," said Chief Horace Johnson.

"I got good positive references from whoever I called. I had a long discussion with him on Friday. I just felt like he was the right person for the job," added Powell.

Interim Police Chief Horace Johnson has worked in law enforcement for more than 30 years, including stints as Chief of WKU and Glasgow Police Departments. The city of Franklin hopes to use that experience as Johnson helps look for a permanent replacement.

"I have a lot of experience and background in personnel selection. They want to be slow and methodical and ensure they hire the right person for the job and the community," added Johnson.

The city said Johnson will ultimately be on the hiring board when a permanent replacement is eventually chosen.

Despite multiple attempts, we were unable to reach former Franklin Police Chief Todd Holder for comment.

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