"Seven members of the Metro Council Court weighed the evidence and made a determination that the well documented wrongdoing and unwarranted benefit received by Councilwoman Shanklin and her family did not require her removal from office. Needless to say, we disagree with the decision. We fully anticipate the constituents of these members will remember tonight's decision.
The Ethics Commission, without the benefit of subpoena power, unanimously recommended removal of Councilwoman Shanklin. We, the Charging Committee did our duty to the Community by bringing these charges. While this decision allows her to stay on the Council, we believe this episode has severely damaged the public's view of the entire Metro Council. We hope that one day; the Council can recover the respect of its electorate.
We wish to thank our attorney, David Tachau for the thorough job he did under extremely difficult circumstances. We express our appreciation for Council President and Court Chair Jim King for the evenhanded way he attempted to keep control of the proceedings. We would also like to thank Richard Beliles who filed the initial charges, the members of the Ethics Commission and their attorney Deborah Kent for their work.
Regardless of the Council Court's decision tonight, we feel that this entire difficult process demands a renewed obligation for Metro Council to completely overhaul the process of amending the budget and especially the process of appropriating NDF (Neighborhood Development Funds) grants. We commit to holding our colleagues to a higher standard than that to which the Council Court held Councilwoman Shanklin.