Metro councilwoman faces expulsion, trial begins Tuesday


by WHAS11

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 6:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – For the second time in 3 years a Louisville Metro Councilwoman is on trial, facing expulsion.

Barbara Shanklin's trial begins Tuesday where she’s accused of using her position for personal gain.

In the heart of Newburg, Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's constituents are coming to her defense on the eve of her trial.

“Barbara has looked out for our community. The things in which we don't have, she supplied. The things we needed, she went after. She was our voice. She continues to be our voice that is why we stand behind her," resident Ken McGlothan said.

She represents the Newburg, and Buechel areas of Louisville since 2002. Since that time, residents say her influence is all around, from the new tennis courts, football fields and green space that they are proud of

“It’s a wonderful area. I’ve been living here for 16 or 17 years and we didn't have that before," Newburg resident Linda Mosely said.

Shanklin is on trial accused of violating ethics rules by using her position for personal gain.

Specifically, she's accused of mishandling money for an upholstery program where records reveal her family benefitted as well as allegedly taking city money for a neighborhood association she chaired.

Shanklin is also accused of employing her grandson while he had outstanding warrants. Shanklin has denied all charges.
Some residents are not so supportive.

“I believe we have a system. The system is pretty black and white and if you fit the criteria, we have a system," resident Kevin Thomas said.

Fourteen votes or two thirds of the court are required to remove her.