After deliberating for over two and a half hours, the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission ruled Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, deliberately violated the city’s code of ethics in the case of rerouting funds through a non-profit group without the council’s knowledge. The decision is the second guilty verdict made against Green in less than a month.
Two years ago Green appropriated $7,500 to 100 Black Men of Louisville for a mentoring program even though the group only needed $1,900. No documents filed by Green’s office showed the money was being rerouted to other organizations.
“We found that her involvement with 100 Black Men from the inception of the grant proposal all the way through the passage, lobbying and distribution of the money was a violation of the ethics ordinance,” says Ethics Commission Chairman Jonathan Ricketts.
“It’s not a good day for government. It’s not a good day for the taxpayers. It’s not a good day for members of the Metro Council,” he added. “We don’t enjoy what we have to do. And it is…it’s a tough job.”
During the hearing on the second charge, Green admitted it was a mistake to tell the organization to use the funds elsewhere but she blamed the shoddy paperwork on her former legislative aide.