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Petition for Barbara Shanklin's removal offered by fellow council members

Barbara Shanklin Barbara Shanklin
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-District 9) Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-District 9)
Jimmy Wright Jimmy Wright

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The five member Metro Council Bipartisan Charging Committee announced Wednesday afternoon that a petition has been signed calling for the removal of District Two Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin.

The Charging Committee members – Jerry Miller (District 19), Madonna Flood (District 24), Vicki Aubrey Welch (District 13), Tina Ward-Pugh (District 9) and James Peden (District 23) - said the petition was based on Metro Ethics Commission findings that Shanklin misused her office to get development grants for a neighborhood association and controlled how the money was ultimately dispersed. The commission also found against Shanklin for hiring her grandson to work in her council office.

Although Shanklin has her supporters in the Newburg area, the council members told us there are serious issues to address and they will present their case for her removal.  

"It is our hope that we have individually and now collectively understood the charges, believed, uh, agreed with the findings and have now basically employed an attorney to help present our case before the rest of the Metro Council that's seated," said Ward-Pugh.

"Since she's been in office, she done had the library built, the water park and she even helped me," said Jimmy Wright, one of Shanklin's District Two constituents.

The charges against Shanklin will be read at the Louisville Metro Council meeting on March 28. The committee work begins next month.

Aubrey Williams, Shanklin's attorney maintains Shanklin did nothing wrong and has said he will file an appeal in Jefferson Circuit Court. 

This is the second time in its history that members of the Louisville Metro Council have started the process to remove a fellow council member. Dr. Judy Green resigned her seat on the council in September 2011 before the Louisville Metro Council Court, made up of the 20 remaining members of the council who were not part of the Charging Committee, voted unanimously to remove her four days later.

Green passed away in January. 

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