On Thursday, the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission will hold a hearing on a complaint against Metro Councilwoman Judy Green. Green is accused of using a city-funded summer jobs program to benefit members of her family. The commission could also take up other charges related to the misuse of Neighborhood Development Funds.
The accusations have led the council and the mayor’s office to take a new look at how those funds are monitored.
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.
Louisville Metro Council President Jim King is calling on the Ethics Commission to add the latest allegations against Councilwoman Judy Green to the existing ethics complaint against her.
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.
A Metro Council committee approved the contract—called a franchise agreement—last year when it was up for renewal. But, when council members raised questions about whether the document should require Insight to be more open about its finances and operations, the contract was sent back to committee and its sponsors withdrew.
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.
Miller—who was elected last year to represent the 19th District—spoke up at a recent council meeting to comment on an action the council frequently takes. The body must approve contracts negotiated by the mayor’s office and other city departments. Miller took issue with the number of contracts that were renewed by departments then approved by the council without being re-opened for bids from other possible contractors.
Retired police officer Ray Barker Sr.—who challenged Green in the Democratic primary for her seat last year—filed the complaint with the Metro Ethics Commission. He’s seeking Green’s resignation over her involvement in a summer jobs program that, according to auditors, benefited some of her relatives.