Complaint calls for councilwoman to resign and repay Metro

Councilwoman Judy Green
Councilwoman Judy Green
Ray Barker
Ray Barker

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A retired police officer has filed a complaint against Louisville Metro councilwoman. The complaint, filed by Ray Barker, Sr., urges Judy Green to repay the city money and to step down from office. The complaint stemmed from a city audit, which looked into mismanagement of funds for the Operation Hope Clean Team Grant.

Barker, who filed the complaint in January, ran against Green in the 2010 May primary and lost. But Barker said the complaint is not personal.

"I felt like she used her position incorrectly and she spend this money inappropriately and I'm holding her accountable for her actions," said Barker. "When I found out that $55,000 of the city money had been mismanaged and that $28,270 totally unaccounted for, that money was meant to help these kids. It's been stolen right from them. I was outraged."

WAVE 3 obtained hundreds of pages of an internal Louisville Metro audit completed in August 2010. It revealed $20,000 was for Operation Hope and $35,000 was for the Green Clean Team. The program gave teens an opportunity to get involved by cleaning vacant lots, parks and alley's in District 1, the council district that Green represents.

The audit said Green's husband was the program manager who was paid more than his contract stated. It also found Green had a number of relatives participating in the program, who were supposed to receive more than $3,000 for their services. The audit also said Green should have requested an opinion from the ethics commission of a potential conflict of interest.

We caught up with Green at Metro Hall to get her response about Barker's complaint. She declined to comment.

"I don't wish to share any thoughts. I do have an attorney and you can go on and you can talk to my attorney," Green said.

Green would not say a word about Barker calling for her to leave office, but did have something to say about whether Barker's complaint is valid.

"If he feels he does, that's his thoughts. I don't know what's in his head. But you can talk to my attorney," said Green.

When I asked Green if she felt there was any wrongdoing on her part, she said she didn't, but again referred us to her attorney. Barker does not agree and says he is standing up for the kids.

"{We want our} money back. No, you can't spend $55,000 on what you want. It doesn't work that way," said Barker.

When the Metro conducted its audit, the Louisville Metro Police Department's Public Integrity Unit also conducted a separate investigation which found no criminal wrongdoing.

WAVE 3 is working to contact Green's attorney for further comment. WAVE 3 has been told the Metro Ethics Commission is scheduled to meet Feb. 24.

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