Mayor George Dean told council members, "Kentucky is paying for it," in reference to a new police cruiser.
The comment ignited speculation that Pound Police Department officers unfairly targeted Kentucky drivers.
The police department issued a statement saying they do not target drivers from any particular region.
Below is an apology from Dean posted to the town's website.
As mayor of the Town of Pound, I was quoted as saying a new police cruiser would be purchased using traffic fines paid mostly by Kentucky. Traffic fines are a form of revenue, but I wrongly singled out Kentucky as a targeted contributor. I do apologize to the State of Kentucky, especially the residents of Eastern Kentucky. Please know that in traffic enforcement, Pound’s Police Department does not single out Kentucky drivers or drivers from any state. With that, I apologize to the Pound Police Department for even hinting to the public that they have this mode of operation. I say to them, I know your job is public safety and security – nothing more, nothing less, and you prove that every day with your impartiality to all those you serve. I apologize to all the business owners in the Pound and earnestly hope that I have not done irreparable damage to any of you. We want everyone to visit and shop in the Pound. Finally, I apologize to all the residents of Pound as I not only said something offensive that put the whole town in a bad light, but I said it while chairing the Town Council meeting. I am sorry."
Mayor, Town of Pound