LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Dr. Judy Green, the embattled member of the Louisville Metro Council accused of mishandling funds by an ethics committee, has resigned her seat on the legislative body.
Derwin Webb, Green's attorney, said after consulting with her family and considering her health, Green decided to resign because she wanted to do what's best for her constituents and heal the community.
Webb turned in Green's resignation papers, along with a motion to dismiss removal charges and the hearing, Friday.
"I'm hoping that the Council will accept her resignation and decide to dismiss this," said Webb. "It's squarely on the council court's shoulders at this point. Hopefully they will understand that would be a waste of taxpayer money if we do decide to go forward."
When WAVE 3 spoke to Green Friday afternoon she talked about what when into her decision, despite previously maintaining she would not resign.
"What changed my mind was basically my husband," Green said, who also cited health issues. "I need to work on getting my body back to where it used to be. I don't want to leave this earth and leave my family. Also, I thought about the constituents of District One. That was the main thing. I don't want them to be further hurt."
Green is accused of ethics violations for her management of the Green Clean Team, which employed several of her relatives, and redistributing grant money given to the 100 Black Men of Louisville. Green maintains she did nothing wrong
"I never wrote one check to any child. Never wrote one check," Green said. "Actually, I even forgive those that made up all of these allegations against me, just for political gain."
Green had a message for her supporters.
"I want to say to my supporters, which is more important than the naysayers, I want to thank them for standing with me, for standing up for me and speaking out."
As for what is next for Green, she says she plans on continuing to serve the community.
"I'm going to continue to practice dentistry, work with children, work in my community, work in all metro Louisville in the same organizations that I've been in," said Green. "I'm going to continue to stay active."
Metro Council spokesman Tony Hyatt tells us that President Jim King (D-10) has received a formal letter of resignation from Green. According to Hyatt, even though the resignation letter has been received, it will still be a majority decision of the Metro Council Court to determine if it will move forward with removal proceedings.
The Metro Council Court is scheduled to meet on Monday, September 12 at 12:30 p.m. Under the rules of the Louisville Metro Council, the resignation will not take effect until the next meeting of the Council on Thursday, September 22.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has issued the following statement:
"I appreciate Judy Green's willingness to serve her community. I encourage the Metro Council to move swiftly to name a replacement to ensure that residents of District 1 have representation in city government."