LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Metro Ethics commission met, this afternoon, for a hearing that looked into a complaint filed against Metro Councilwoman Judy Green. Green is accused of misusing grant money and hiring family members.
The commission initially thought the hearing could take two days, but it wrapped up in one, after only a limited number of witnesses were called to testify.
Ray Barker Senior, who at one-time was Green's political rival, filed the complaint against her, after an internal Metro audit state there was not enough documentation, proving how the Green Clean Team spent grant money. Green set-up the program. The audit stated the Green Clean Team received $35,000 of grant funding. The audit said Green's husband became the program manager and that he was paid more than his contract stated. The audit stated Green should have requested an opinion from the Metro Ethics Commission of a potential conflict of interest.
On Thursday, Green testified that she made sure her colleagues on the Metro Council knew her adoptive and foster kids were going to be involved in the summer youth program.
Question: "Did you supervise your kids"?
Question: "Did you give them preference?"
Green responded: "No".
Green said she set up the program to do good in the community. She said she did not do anything at the expense of the other kids enrolled in the program. She said her intention was not to do anything unethical.
According to testimony, some Green Clean Team children received as little as $20 and that some people received as much as $400. Green said it depended on how many days people worked. Green said their stipend was $15 a day. She said the $400 would have been a supervisor's salary.
Life Institute Inc. CEO, Eddie Woods, was asked to testify. He said he entered into an agreement with Green and, ultimately, with the Metro Council when Operation Hope Clean Team applied for a grant and received it for $55,000. Twenty thousand was for Operation Hope and the remainder $35,000 was for the Green Clean Team. Woods said he expected more from the program. He said he did not oversee the program and added keeping track of payroll -initially- was supposed to be done using time sheets.
A few more witnesses were called to the stand, Thursday. Since the hearing was completed in one day, the hearing officer has about 15 days to give the Metro Ethics Commission an opinion. After that, the commission has up to 10 days to come back with a decision.
The Metro Ethics Commission will hear the second complaint filed against Green during a second hearing. It has been scheduled for mid-May. The second complaint questioned Green's involvement with "100 Black Men of Louisville". The complaint stated Green, redirected money that was supposed to go to the group to other organizations without approval from the council.
Friday, May 24 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:34:36 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Friday afternoon two home invasions are reported to police less than an hour apart. Police are trying to determine if the same group of people are responsible. The first robberyMore >>
Two home invasions are reported to Louisville Metro Police less than an hour apart and now officers are trying to determine if the same group of people are responsible.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:19:49 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE 3) - The decision by the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban of openly gay scouts from the organization's activities has hundreds of Louisville Scouts and their parents wonderingMore >>
The decision by the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban of openly gay scouts from the organization's activities has hundreds of Louisville scouts and their parents wondering where they will meet.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:56 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:56:14 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY – A large heroin sting took place in the parking lot of a Dairy Queen. According to an LMPD arrest report, the bust took place last night at the Dairy Queen on Manslick Road. Officers reportedMore >>
Louisville Metro Police have busted a couple for heroin possession at a Louisville area Dairy Queen after they tried to hide the drugs in the floor of their vehicle.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:36 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:36:30 GMT
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A major drug bust unfolded Friday in a quiet Jeffersonville neighborhood not far from an elementary school. It happened around 2 p.m. at a home in the 3100 block of ClearstreamMore >>
A major drug bust unfolded Friday in a quiet Jeffersonville neighborhood not far from an elementary school. It happened around 2 p.m. at a home in the 3100 block of Clearstream Way.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 5:52 AM EDT2013-05-25 09:52:49 GMT
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) – An Elizabethtown mother is recovering from serious injuries she suffered when her SUV rolled onto her, pinning her underneath the vehicle. Kentucky State Police said ShannonMore >>
Shannon Gales' 2-year-old daughter was strapped in a car seat inside the vehicle when it overturned, according to Kentucky State Police. More >>