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Auditor had concerns about Shanklin running program

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Councilwoman Mary Woolridge Councilwoman Mary Woolridge
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two images of Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-District 2) emerged Wednesday in her council court hearing on ethics violations. Was Shanklin someone trying to uplift her Newburg neighborhood through an ex-offenders program or did she create that program to lift up her family?  

The program in question, called the ex-offender's upholstery program, ran for at least five years. Wednesday, Ingram Quickan auditor with the Metro Office of Internal Audit said he couldn't find any evidence any former offenders ever attended. He did say that Shanklin's name and members of her family were signed in 58 times. 

But in asking questions to another witness, other council members pointed out that it was Metro Corrections that actually ran the program. 

"The responsibility for how these funds was spent for I think five years under three different presidents on this council was the responsibility of corrections and not of Dr. Shanklin. That's what I think I'm hearing you say?" asked Metro Councilwoman Mary Woolridge (D-District 3). 

"That is what I'm saying," answered Beth Stenberg, financial advisor to the council. "Corrections would have approved every check." 

Quick testified the invoices that went to Metro Corrections actually came from the vendor through Shanklin's council office.  

Shanklin is accused of using her council position to set up the offender program but for the benefit of herself or her family. It's one of two charges she faces that could end up with her being kicked out of her council seat if she's found guilty. 

A special prosecutor has already cleared her of any criminal wrongdoing. 

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