The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission will hold another hearing on charges against Metro Councilwoman Judy Green Monday. It is the second ethics hearing she has faced in less than a month.
Green is accused of breaking council rules by instructing a non-profit group to reroute $5,600 in city funds to other agencies at her discretion.
In 2009, Green allegedly told officers with 100 Black Men to ask for more money than the organization needed in order to give out the additional funds to groups not listed on the original application at her discretion, including the purchase of tickets for a Kentucky Derby fundraiser that she attended.
During an interview with the Courier-Journal, Green blamed her former legislative aide for the mistake, saying she took training on Neighborhood Discretionary Fund expenditures and told the councilwoman that the arrangement was proper. In a Metro Police report, however, that aide told investigators she only picked up the paperwork for the grant applications.
Also, Green served two years on the council’s Appropriations Committee, which have those rules provided to city lawmakers at each meeting. It has been confirmed that Councilman Robin Engel, R-22, vice-chairman of the Appropriations Committee, has been asked to testify about those rules and policies at Monday’s hearing.
Community activist Ed Springston, who filed the second complaint, says Green has clearly violated council rules by making a side agreement with the organization and needs to be held accountable.
“When you intentionally over inflate a grant and then you do that so you can redirect money to places that are going to benefit you personally as an elected official that’s a problem,” he says.