Shanklin to remain on Louisville Metro Council

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 2:32 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- Barbara Shanklin will remain on the Louisville Metro Council after only 13 Metro Council members voted for Shanklin's removal. The council needed 14 votes for Shanklin to be removed, so she will remain on the council by only one vote.

Deliberations started at around 9:45 p.m Wedensday but didn't end until 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

Wednesday was Shanklin's third day on the stand in her expulsion trial, Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin said her family, over the years, has given more money to the community than any taxpayer dollars paid to them.

Shanklin said that after a council ruling in 2011, she stopped signing checks out of a community center's account.

Shanklin is facing two ethics charges accusing her of misusing her council position for her and her family's personal benefit.

The former Metro Council president also revised a key portion of earlier testimony about which Metro Corrections officials Shanklin and her staff had discussed an upholstery program intended for "ex-offenders."

Shanklin testified that when she saw Corrections Chief of Staff Duane Clark testify, she realized that she had confused him with another corrections official, Ron Bishop.  The clarification could be important because Clark disputed Shanklin's claim that he had approved or was aware of the program before current Corrections Director Mark Bolton assumed office.

"When you sit in the hot seat, you don't always remember," Shanklin said.

The proceedings have been repeatedly delayed by sniping between Shanklin's attorney, Aubrey Williams, and the county attorney, Mike O'Connell.

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