Ex-Police Colonel Suing City of Bowling Green

A former Bowling Green policeman is suing the city for age discrimination.

Former Police Colonel Jerry Wells is suing the city of Bowling Green. Wells claims he was denied the opportunity to apply for Chief of Police in 2006 because of his age.

Wells' lawsuit says he was 55 when he was told by City Manager Kevin DeFebbo, he would be ineligible to apply for chief.

There is a mandatory retirement age at the police department of 57.

The suit says DeFebbo told Wells the city would only consider candidates who could be chief at least 8 to 10 years.

We sat down with Wells to find out more about the lawsuit and why it was filed.

"I spent 30 years and a month being in a serving position for the citizens of Bowling Green and I have literally fought for people's rights, both on the streets by upholding the Constitution of the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky everyday of my life and I can do nothing less than to do the same thing for myself to stand up for what I feel is right," said Jerry Wells, former BGPD colonel.

Wells served 30 years as a Bowling Green police officer, retiring in October of last year as interim chief. His lawsuit cites both the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and a Bowling Green city ordinance, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age.

At the time of his appointment in 2006, Wells told WBKO since he had accepted the interim position, he would not be able to apply for the permanent post.


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