Councilman James votes during meeting despite County Atty's advice


by Alex Schuman

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 28 at 1:04 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Metro Councilman David James, who is also a University of Louisville Police officer went against the advice of the Jefferson County Attorney and cast his vote on a pressing issue during Thursday night’s council meeting.

The vote came one day after James was told he couldn’t hold both positions and may have to choose between being a city councilman or an officer of the law.

James thinks the opinion possibly came because of who he supported in an election but the county attorney Mike O’Connell denies any politics are involved.

O’Connell says James is in violation of the Commonwealth’s constitution by service as a University of Louisville police officer and a Metro Council member – two offices requiring a sworn oath.

Councilman James did not follow the advice and points out he never hid his job.

“So I’m not really sure why now. I have some ideas, but I’ll keep those to myself currently,” he said.

O’Connell says the issue came up after two LMPD officers asked if they could legally run for office.

O’Connell was an early supporter of James during his first election and claims this is not about politics.

"I simply as county attorney have to do the job I was hired to do by the people of this community and call the balls and strikes, and render opinions about those things that I think are necessary," O’Connell said.

O’Connell wants it to be clear he passed the opinion along to the Attorney General to handle from this point on.

Councilman James also added there’s a possibility of legal action against O’Connell’s office for how he’s handled the situation but would not reveal specifics.