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Slain officer's mother-in-law posts ads seeking 'honest' candidates for office

One of the ads posted by Officer Ellis' mother-in-law One of the ads posted by Officer Ellis' mother-in-law
Kris Phillips Kris Phillips
Figo Figo
Officer Jason Ellis Officer Jason Ellis
Rick McCubbin Rick McCubbin

BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Christmas Day will mark exactly seven months since Bardstown Police Canine Officer Jason Ellis was ambushed and shot dead as he tried to clear a blocked ramp of off the Bluegrass Parkway.

Since Ellis' death his partner Figo, an eight-year-old German Shepherd, is now more of a companion to Ellis' mother-in-law, Kris Phillips.

"We believe in the law enforcement community. They're working really hard," Phillips said Thursday.

"It's just a matter of time. But whoever killed Jason will be caught."

The reward funds have surpassed $185,000, but Kentucky State Police have named no suspects, nor even persons of interest.

Wednesday, Phillips channeled her grief publicly. For six weeks, ads will appear in Nelson County's newspaper, The Kentucky Standard, that read "WANTED: Honest, Upstanding, Respectable, Hard-Working Citizens to Run for Open Vacancies in Public Office."

"We have the same old people serving and running," Phillips explained. "We have a lot of arrests, but not a lot of convictions. Not a lot of people sitting in jail."

She's not calling out any specific official. Yet.

"She gave me a heads-up," Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin said.  "She told me not to take it personally and I told her I'm not. I'm not an elected official."

McCubbin calls Ellis' murder one factor among many that led to his decision not to seek election as Nelson County Sheriff in 2014.

"It would be my nightmare—that if I left now—people would feel, I would feel, like I've abandoned ship," he said.

He's among the first to acknowledge his department's reputation remains at risk until Ellis' killer is caught.

"The rumors, the speculation, the idiots that want to create their own theories, it's very frustrating," McCubbin said. "We're not leaving anything unturned, but I don't believe that anyone around here (within the Department) is involved in it."

Phillips will not neither confirm nor deny that her newspaper ads are a prelude to a run for office.

"I'm hoping that someone steps up to the plate, that's qualified," she said.

The front door of her business, Bluegrass Lightning Consultants, holds a wreath of blue and black ribbon, a tribute to her son-in-law.

"Jason was an excellent father, an excellent baseball player and an excellent police officer," she said. "Christmas for my daughter and for my grandsons will be extremely hard."

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