Ethics Commission recommends Green be removed from office

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After several months of investigation, the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission has decided Councilwoman Judy Green violated ethics rules of Metro Government.  The commission recommended to the Metro Council that Green be removed from office.

"The commission invokes the most severe sanction available to it under the ethics ordinance," said Louisville Metro Ethics Commission Chairman Jonathan Ricketts.

The commission found Green used her official position to obtain $35,000 of public money through another organization for the Green Clean Team.

"Dr. Green controlled every aspect of the Green Clean Team program," said Ricketts.  "She interviewed applicants, determined who would participate, decided when and where the children would work."

She also hired relatives.

"Relatives of Dr. Green who participated on the Green Clean Team received more pay than non-relatives for the same work," said Ricketts.

The commission is also writing a letter of reprimand and a letter or formal censure after finding that she violated four sections of metro ordinances.

"The violation of the public's trust is a serious matter," said Mayor Greg Fischer in a statement released by his office. "I am confident that the Metro Council will take the appropriate action on this matter."

To read the entire report issued by the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission, just click on the highlighted link: Dr. Judy Green Ethics Commission Findings.

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