Metro Ethics Commission moves forward with hearing against Dr. Judy Green

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - More twists and turns in the case against a Metro Council Member. Did Dr. Judy Green use her position to help her own family and selected charities? An ethics commission hearing at the end of this month will try to decide.

Thursday afternoon the Metro Ethics Commission met to discuss other issues before the hearing. They met for 30 minutes. During that time, they discussed whether Green's hearing should include all accusations made against her.

Council President Jim King and Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh made the request to the commission to listen to all of the accusations against Green at one combined hearing. That includes a claim surrounding Green's involvement with the "100 Black Men of Louisville". Green is accused of redirected grant money to groups and charities of her choice.

The Metro Ethics Commission shot down the request. "The ordinance is very specific on how complaints are to be amended and we didn't believe Councilwoman Ward-Pugh's request fit with those options," Metro Ethics Commission Chairman, Jonathan Ricketts said.

Ricketts said a sworn complaint is needed. In response Ward-Pugh said, "It is a technicality. So, I do agree with it. I'll have to talk to President King to see how he wants to proceed".

Ward-Pugh does not believe she or any one else in the council will step forward to file that sworn statement against their colleague.

"Clearly we are concerned enough to ask that they be expanded. I don't want you to think that we're not serious," Ward-Pugh said.

Ray Barker Senior, a retired police officer who ran against Green in the primaries last year filed the original complaint in January and says he'll look into filing that new complaint, which includes the accusations surrounding Green's involvement with the "100 Black Men of Louisville".

"What the city is saying {is} they need once again a voice and it seems I'm always stuck as the voice. But, I don't mind being the voice of the community," Barker said.

Barker said at the end of the day he wants three things to come out of this. "1. Pay back the 30,000 dollars. Two. Apologize to all the constituents in district one. 3. Find some way to start the healing in this community," Barker said.

The Metro Ethics Commission did amend Barker's complaint to include nepotism. The hearing is set for March 31st. The Metro Ethics Commission believes it could take more than a day to listen to all the witnesses.

Green's attorney, Kent Wicker said Councilwoman Green looks forward to the hearing and sharing her side of the story.

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