Former Bardstown mayor indicted for misconduct, perjury

Former Bardstown mayor indicted for misconduct, perjury
Dixie Hibbs was Mayor of Bardstown when Royalty was on the city council. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Dixie Hibbs was Mayor of Bardstown when Royalty was on the city council. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A former Bardstown Mayor has been indicted on several charges after being removed from office earlier year this due to misconduct.

John Royalty was found guilty of misconduct in April by the Bardstown City Council.

Royalty served on the city's council while Dixie Hibbs was mayor.

"It seemed like when he became mayor, he wasn't open to listening to other people," Hibbs said.

Former Bardstown Mayor Dixie Hibbs believes that's what got former Royalty in trouble.

Royalty was indicted on multiple charges including perjury, false swearing, and two counts of official misconduct. The documents state that the misconduct occurred between October 17 and 28 of 2016, the false swearing around Dec 12, 2016 and the perjury around April 13, 2017.

"If this indictment is found to be false--it doesn't sound false--but if it's found to be false then we all owe him an apology," Hibbs said. "The reality is when you break the law, you have consequences."

Royalty was removed from office in April after the city council found him guilty of abusing his authority by violating a council member's privacy to tarnish her reputation.

The Bardstown City Council found that Royalty told the IT supervisor to misrepresent the intent of collecting several iPads in order to access a councilwoman's personal emails.

"The actions and decisions that were made during his time of service have had long, long ranging consequences," Hibbs said.

"Until we know a little bit more about the basis for the charges, we have no comment at this time," Jason Floyd, Royalty's attorney, said.

"It's very unfortunate that we have changed mayors and have changed our council, but we can't seem to leave our problems behind," Hibbs said.

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