Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin has fired her grandson, who was working as a legislative aide in her office. Her grandson, Gary Bohler, was arrested on Derby day for domestic violence and was declared a fugitive after missing his court date. Bohler has a lengthy criminal record that includes robbery, drug possession and drug trafficking arrests.
Shanklin has released the following statement:
This would not be a conversation if there had not been a relationship. It is with great honor and respect that I have served this community. Unfortunately through bad decisions (poor choices) of my own admission I am faced with my biggest challenge to date. Sometimes when we see the potential in someone, we want to help them become better people and our desires to help override the reality that we cannot.
I have been in the dark on a lot of the things that have come to light, but I want you to know that I have raised all of my children to be accountable, and sometimes family can disappoint us more than the outside world. Sometimes people let you down. I want to acknowledge and apologize for any perceived lack of candor, or insight for missing the mark on keeping your best interests as a public trust. I believe that when you take a chance and you strive to improve your performance and learn from the decision.
I have worked hard to serve my constituents and this community and will continue to do so.