Councilwoman Judy Green: 'I am not going to resign'

Published: Jun. 12, 2011 at 1:09 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2011 at 2:21 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- It's recommended she be removed, a Metro Councilwoman is vowing to fight.

"Shocked, devastated, flabbergasted" is how Metro Councilwoman Judy Green says she feels about the Metro Ethics Commissions' recommendation.

Green says her fight is not over yet.

"I will fight to the bitter end. To do what I was elected to do," she said Saturday.

Tough words from Metro Councilwoman Judy Green, the day after every member of the Metro Ethics Commission recommends removing her from office.

"I am not going to resign," she said, emphatically. "7, 600 people elected me and I've done an excellent job of representing those people."

Friday, the Commission found Green used her official position to obtain $35, 000 of public money for her organization "The Green Clean Team," a summer jobs program that her family took part in.

"Relatives of Dr. Green who participated in the Green Clean Team received more pay than non-relatives for the same work," Jonathan Ricketts, Louisville Metro Ethics Committee chair said Friday.

Saturday, Councilwoman Green rebuffed that statement.

"I did not pay family members more." Green said Saturday, "That never happened. As far as using my position, we all lobbied for organizations that are near and dear to our heart."

Green says the accusations may be politically motivated.

"What was done in this case is not unlike what's being done right now with other council members," she said.

As far as what happens next, five Metro Council members have to ask for a hearing, where Green could defend herself.

It would take a two-thirds vote by Metro Council to remove Green.

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