file photo/Lawrenceburg Police
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - The Lawrenceburg Board of Works will meet Thursday, reportedly to decide the future city employment of former police captain and city councilman Doug Taylor.
The 5:00 p.m. meeting in the city council chambers is an executive session, meaning it is not open to the public. It is common practice in most Indiana municipalities and school districts that employment issues, especially those concerning individuals, are discussed privately.
A public notice announcing the session does not specifically mention Taylor, only that the meeting is “with respect to any individual over whom the governing body has jurisdiction: to receive information concerning the individual’s alleged misconduct; and to discuss, before a determination, the individual’s status as an employee.”
Councilman Mike Lawrence has posted on Facebook that the meeting is in regards to Taylor, who has served with the police department for more than two decades. Lawrence, a supporter of Taylor, has asked citizens to stand outside council chambers before and during the Board of Works’ executive session in a show of support.
Taylor has been on paid administrative leave from the Lawrenceburg Police Department since October 2011, when he was charged with Official Misconduct and Ghost Employment. The charges stemmed from his appearance at a campaign event while in police uniform. Those charges resulted in his resignation from City Council in March.
The Board of Works is made up of Mayor Dennis Carr, city council members Aaron Cook and Bill Bill Bruner, Donnie Bryant, and Mario Todd.
The makeup of the Board of Works may not bode well for Taylor. Taylor, along with council members Lawrence and Jane Pope, was often critical of Carr both during his time on council and afterwards. When on city council, Taylor frequently voted against Bruner and Cook on contentious budget and grant issues. Taylor defeated Todd in the May 2011 Democrat primary election.