A consulting firm has made recommendations to the Louisville Metro Council to increase transparency and accountability in discretionary spending.

The council hired Mountjoy Chilton Medley for nearly $10,000 to review its policies and procedures in response to reports of questionable spending earlier this year. The report was presented to the Government Accountability and Ethics Committee Monday night.

The report shows several areas where the council’s practices do not meet its policies. Recommendations ranged from requiring more paperwork to having council members and their staffs undergo regular training. The report further asks that a four-hour training session developed by a council staff member be adopted by the Metro Council and updated on a regular basis as policies change. [click to continue…]

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MSD Considers Adopting More Stringent Ethics Policy

by Erica Peterson September 12, 2011

The Metropolitan Sewer District is considering strengthening it’s ethics policy. The agency already has an ethics policy, but amid allegations of impropriety and an investigation by the state auditor, Metro council members have called for it to adopt a policy similar to the Metro Government Ethics Code. Attorney Larry Zielke prepared a draft for the […]

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UPDATED: Ethics Commission Recommends Green Be Removed From Office

by admin June 10, 2011

In a unanimous decision, the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission has ruled that Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, deliberately violated the city’s ethics ordinance and should be removed from office. Green was charged with nepotism and using a city-funded summer jobs program to benefit members of her family. In 2009, Green approached Dr. Eddie Woods, founder of […]

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Green Could Face Accuser at Public Forum Tonight

by admin May 31, 2011

A west Louisville group has invited Metro Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, to a public forum tonight to discuss the two ethics charges filed against her, but it’s unclear if the embattled city lawmaker will show up. American Slaves, Inc. has invited Green and retired police officer Ray Barker, Sr., to tell their side of the […]

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Live Updates From the Judy Green Hearing

by Gabe Bullard May 23, 2011

The second hearing on ethics charges against Louisville Metro Councilwoman Judy Green is underway. WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey is there and he’s posting live updates to our Twitter feed. He’ll also appear on Here and Now at 1:30 to discuss the hearing.

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Green Faces Second Ethics Hearing Today

by admin May 23, 2011

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. […]

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Special Counsel Hired to Advise City Lawmakers on Green Inquiry

by admin May 9, 2011

Seeking advice on any legal action the Louisville Metro Council may have to take, Council President Jim King, D-10, has hired a special counsel to review the ethics charges against Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, who faces two separate complaints. In April, Green was grilled under oath during a hearing where she was accused of nepotism […]

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Audio: Green Testifies in Ethics Hearing

by admin April 29, 2011

On Thursday, the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission heard testimony in the case involving Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, in a day-long proceeding. The case alleges she used a city-funded summer jobs program—dubbed the ‘Green Clean Team’—to benefit members of her family. Green was the first witness called and testified for over two hours, answering several questions […]

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Ethics Hearing Against Green Begins Today

by admin April 28, 2011

After months of mounting allegations, a hearing on the ethics charges against Louisville Metro Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, begins today. The embattled city lawmaker faces charges of wrongdoing, unethical behavior and financial mismanagement in two separate complaints that stem from an audit and police investigation, which raised serious questions about her conduct on the council. […]

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Rogers Still “Prince of Pork” With Non-Profit Empire, Says Ethics Group

by admin April 25, 2011

Calling him the “Prince of Pork”, an ethics watchdog group says U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has funneled more than $236 million in federal funds to several non-profit organizations that he created. In March, Rogers swore off earmarks and joined a GOP pledge to cut spending and reduce the […]

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