LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It's never happened before and the vote was unanimous. Every member of the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission is recommending that Councilwoman Judy Green be removed from office. If Green will be ousted is still up in the air. Unless she resigns, her fate is now in the hands of her fellow Metro Council members.
"I hope that Councilwoman Green will do some soul searching and make that decision herself," said Jim King (D-District 10), the Metro Council president.
King, along with council members Kevin Kramer and Tina Ward Pugh are not saying whether they think their fellow colleague should step down or be removed from office.
"Because this is new territory, unchartered territory, this body will be working very closing with its own legal counsel and the county attorney's office to lay out what those steps are going to be in moving forward," said Ward Pugh (D-District 9).
On June 10, the ethics commission found Green used her official position to obtain $35,000 of public money for her own organization the Green Clean Team, a summer jobs program that her family was part of.
"Relatives of Dr. Green who participated on the Green clean team received more pay than non-relatives for the same work," said Jonathan Ricketts, Louisville Metro Ethics Committee chair.
Deciding when to move forward and how the process should go is up to the council, who will have the ultimate decision of Green's fate.
"This won't be the only time that this will ever happen," said Kramer (R-District 11). "It is very important that as we move forward we get it right."
First, King says that five council members must petition for a hearing. In that hearing Green would have another chance to defend herself. It would take a two-thirds vote to remove her.
Green's attorney Kent Wicker issued a statement saying Dr. Green is disappointed and she will be considering her options over the next few days.
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