The City of Lawrenceburg Board of Works meets in a non-public executive session Thursday, July 11.
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(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - A hearing concerning the future employment of former Lawrenceburg Police captain Doug Taylor was held Thursday, but another hearing will be necessary.
The City of Lawrenceburg Board of Works executive session ended sooner than expected, with a new hearing scheduled for July 24, according to City Councilman Mike Lawrence. Because the hearing was a closed-door executive session, the exact reason for the delay was not known.
Lawrence is not a member of the Board of Works.
He along with City Councilwoman Jane Pope and about 25 other Taylor supporters waited outside the Lawrenceburg City Building to show their support for the former city councilman. They said Taylor made a mistake in showing up to an October 2011 campaign event in his police uniform, but does not deserve to lose his job for it.
The Board of Works and Mayor Dennis Carr are trying to determine if Taylor should be fired or keep his employment after he was charged two years ago with Ghost Employment and Official Misconduct for that campaign appearance. A number of witnesses, including Dearborn County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard, have been subpoenaed to testify at the private hearing.
After arguments from each side are heard during one or more executive sessions, a decision to terminate Taylor’s city employment would have to be made during a public meeting.
Lawrence voiced concern that Taylor may have grounds to sue the City of Lawrenceburg if he is fired.
Taylor directed questions about the case to his attroney, Richard Butler. A phone call to Butler's office was not immediately returned Thursday morning. Lawrenceburg City Attorney Leslie Votaw did not immediately respond to an email.