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Ethics commission dismisses complaints against Metro Council president

Janice Rucker Janice Rucker
The Metro Ethics Commission met Thursday night. The Metro Ethics Commission met Thursday night.
Metro Council President Jim King Metro Council President Jim King

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Three ethics complaints against the Louisville Metro Council president were dismissed Thursday.

The complaints against Metro Council Jim King were filed by Louisville resident Janice Rucker.

Rucker claimed developers sought zoning changes for properties in which King's bank, King Southern Bank, had a financial stake in.

During a meeting Thursday evening the Metro Ethics Commission determined the complaints did not meet the criteria or qualifications that would result in further investigation.

A statement released by King following the meeting stated;

"I want to thank the Metro Ethics Commission for their thoughtful consideration regarding the complaints filed by Ms. Rucker. The public has a right to expect integrity and ethical behavior from its public servants and I will continue to demonstrate those qualities as President of the Metro Council.

The complaints filed do not accurately portrayed my role or that of my business interests with respect to zoning matters coming before the Council. After a question raised by an Ethics Commission member in December, 2013, about the duty of a council member to identify potential conflicts of interest led me to request an advisory opinion as to a Council Member's affirmative duty to identify the names and financial interests of all parties in interest to a zoning case.  The Commission has yet to issue such an opinion and until I receive their guidance, I will continue to abstain from voting in zoning matters to avoid a perception or the appearance of a conflict."

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