Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, has suspended her grandson from his job as a legislative aide in her office after the 28-year-old was declared a fugitive for failing to show up for a court hearing.
For the past four years Gary Bohler has worked part-time in the District 2 office and earns $34,000 annually. Bohler’s recent court case was a domestic abuse charge, but he has been arrested on numerous occasions for robbery, drug possession and selling cocaine.
From The Courier-Journal:
Before taking a job in Shanklin’s office, Bohler was arrested at least seven times for offenses including robbery, trafficking in cocaine, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence, according to court documents.
When asked why her grandson was hired and continued to be employed by metro government after being arrested so many times, Shanklin said, “All those charges have been dismissed.” But court records show that while dozens of the charges against Bohler have been dismissed, not all were.
Observers will recall that Shanklin hiring her troubled grandson has been a controversy for a number of years and it was the subject of an ethics inquiry.
Last year, former Councilwoman Judy Green appeared on gospel station WLOU’s “Saturday Morning Solutions” and questioned why she was being charged with ethics violations while Shanklin was allowed to have Bohler working in Metro Government.
Although the ethics panel issued an opinion clearing Shanklin to hire her grandson, his criminal past and present has been a problem for the city lawmaker ever since.
Shanklin could not be reached for comment.