LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Metro Ethics Commission has recommended the removal of Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin for violating metro ethics code.
Shanklin has been accused of violating several provisions of the city's ethics code. Her alleged ethics violations are centered around her family and whether or not they benefited financially from her seat on the council.
The commission found her guilty of four separate instances of violating the metro ethics code. They are related to the Newburg Development Fund and being her grandson's supervisor.
They did not find her guilty of wrong doing with the ex-offender upholstery program. They referred that back to Metro Council for further examination. They are sending her a letter of censure and reprimand.
The commission is also sending the Metro Council President their recommendation that removal proceedings be started for Shanklin. To remover her, five council members would have to come forward to charge her.
Metro Council President Jim King (District 10), Government Accountability and Ethics Committee Chair Jerry Miller (District 19) and Vice-Chair Madonna Flood (District 24) released the following joint statement Thursday: “The members of the Ethics Commission have reached their decision with respect to the complaint against Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin. We would like to first thank the members of the commission who have volunteered many hours in service to this community. It is never easy to sit in judgment of another person in such a public manner.
Now that the Ethics Commission has ruled, the Metro Council must discuss the next steps in dealing with this issue.
Over the past year, members of the Metro Council have done the proper thing, and have waited to hear the Metro Ethics Commission’s findings of fact. Now is the time for the Council to come together and work to address these findings in a way that helps to move this community forward.
To members of the media and public, we simply ask for your patience and understanding. We as members of the Metro Council must have the opportunity to fully review the findings, discuss this matter with our legal counsel and come to a satisfactory solution. We assure you this process will move forward as quickly as possible while also protecting fairness for all those involved.”