The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission voted to continue the hearing involving Councilwoman Judy Green until April 28, over the objections of her attorney.
A hearing on the ethics charges against Louisville Metro Councilwoman Judy Green begins today. The embattled city lawmaker has been accused of using a city-funded summer jobs program to benefit members of her family. WFPL’s Phillip Bailey will post updates to Twitter from the hearing.
Councilman Ken Fleming previously said MSD should place itself under the Metro Government ethics code, and he stands by his statement.
“I would like for them to try to adopt that, or adopt most of it to implement within their organization, but I think they’re taking a good first step toward transparency and to shore up their ethics policy,” he says.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is encouraging all local boards and commissions to adopt tighter ethical guidelines following the resignation of Audwin Helton, chairman of the Metropolitan Sewer District board.
Residents of Louisville’s 1st Metro Council District are troubled as charges against Councilwoman Judy Green continue to mount.
The council hasn’t encountered a situation like this before. If the Ethics Commission finds evidence of wrongdoing, then the council could act to remove Green. But Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh says it’s important to make sure no one rushes to judgment and that every process of the law is conducted unencumbered. That’s both to give Green a fair chance and to avoid setting unwelcome precedents.
Green’s colleagues on the council are largely withholding comment until after an Ethics Commission hearing on a summer jobs program that allegedly benefitted Green’s family.
Members of both sides of Metro Government say the Ethics Commission must complete its review of Metro Councilwoman Judy Green before any further action is considered.
A report in LEO Weekly cites police reports, leaked documents and people close to Metro Councilwoman Judy Green to outline a pattern of alleged wrongdoing and ethical violations.
The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission will hold a hearing this week on an ethics complaint filed against Metro Councilwoman Judy Green.
The complaint was filed by retired police officer and activist Ray Barker, Senior, who ran unsuccessfully for Green’s First District seat in last year’s Democratic primary.