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Battle brewing after Spencer Co. building inspector fired

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Steve Clark Steve Clark
Spencer County Judge-Executive Bill Karrer Spencer County Judge-Executive Bill Karrer
Spencer County Fiscal Court meeting on February 25, 2013. Spencer County Fiscal Court meeting on February 25, 2013.

TAYLORSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - People in Spencer County, Kentucky are fired up after their building inspector was let go.

They took their concerns to the Fiscal Court, who reinstated inspector Steve Clark to the position at a special meeting Monday. Several construction workers, contractors and developers in the county were there to speak on Clark's behalf.

"It's frustrating when politics come in," explained developer Trevor Brown. "Our job is hard enough as it is in the housing the market we have. When local politics come into play, that affects our jobs."

Clark said it started Wednesday afternoon when a sheriff's deputy showed up at his home letting him know Judge Executive Bill Karrer wanted to see him. Clark said Karrer told him didn't understand the kind of hours he kept or the way he operated business.

"He told me I had two choices," said Clark. "I could either resign or be fired and he told me he was going to have to fire me. So, he fired me."

Karrer wouldn't explain any further. "It concerns fraud in a criminal matter, so there's not much I can say about that."

At the meeting Monday, the magistrates and supporters seemed to understand that Clark often worked from home, at nights and on weekends to accommodate the builders needs. Clark said that's the way he's done the job for more 11 years.

Those who spoke up on his behalf at the Monday meeting said he is essential to protect homeowners."Things were getting done that weren't done correctly and he's assured that doesn't happen," said Brown. "He puts everyone on a level playing field." said Brown.

The Fiscal Court said Karrer didn't follow proper procedure when he dismissed Clark and voted unanimously to reinstate him. Karrer is on the Fiscal Court, but opted not to attend the meeting or vote. He said the magistrates do not have the power to reverse his decision. 

"They do not have the ability to say and dictate who that person is in that position," said Karrer. Clark believes Karrer's issues against him are personal. Karrer refutes that.

The magistrates have another meeting Monday where they plan to discuss the issue again.

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