Shepherdsville city attorney resigns amid city's controversy

John Cook
John Cook

Shepherdsville, KY - By Matt McCutcheon – bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As a breeze blew the American flag at the Shepherdsville Government Center on a recent Wednesday, the breeze of change continued in the city.

City Attorney John Cook, who started his job just last month, resigned last week. Reached for comment late in the day, Cook said he resigned for strictly personal reasons.  He said the demands of taking on the city's legal matters while also juggling his private law practice were too taxing.  He said when newly elected Mayor Scott Ellis asked him to become city attorney, he didn't realize the demands the position would make on him.

The new city attorney, Joe Wantland, just started this week and couldn't be reached about the city's troubles which he has inherited from a legal standpoint.

No one is saying much – if anything – about the situation the city is in these days.

Current Mayor Ellis did talk to WAVE 3 on Feb. 16, but he didn't say much based on advice from his personal attorney.

"With an investigation - with things in the past and rumors and speculation - it's just best not to make any comments at this time," Mayor Ellis said.

While the situation continues to simmer, we do know a city finance committee was planning to meet with a consultant on Feb. 17 to drum up ways to pull the city out of debt.

But with all the hush that's fallen among the city, it should come as no surprise that the meeting is closed to the public.

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