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Shanklin: 'I was too close to the programs'

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Barbara Shanklin addresses the media on August 2, 2013. Barbara Shanklin addresses the media on August 2, 2013.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - For the first time since the Louisville Metro Council voted to let her keep her seat, Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin addressed the media.

"First off, let me say that I am very sorry and disappointed that there has been so much division and energy spent debating my actions as District Two councilperson," said Shanklin. "I see now that I was too close to the programs that I began with good intentions."

Early Thursday morning, 20 members of the Council Court found Shanklin guilty of misconduct for improperly controlling neighborhood grants and improperly benefiting from a program for ex-offenders. But the council came up short on the votes needed to remove Shanklin from the Metro's legislative body.  

During a news conference Friday morning, Shanklin apologized for what she called a storm over last several months. Shanklin also said she and the rest of the council need to move forward.

"I am saddened that the events of the past several months have tainted the good work that has been done by so many people whose names were disparaged by the prosecutor. But I vow to you that with renewed energy, focus and passion I am eager to represent the community of Newburg."

Shanklin said she loves Louisville Metro and the community she serves.

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