LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A Metro Councilman is no longer welcome at Greater Louisville Inc. events.
That is the word from the organization Tuesday evening.
The group is saying they have addressed the situation fully and that the longtime South End councilman, Dan Johnson, is no longer welcome at their events.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Johnson told WHAS “I have not talked to GLI about any situation involving their organization, so there is nothing to comment on.”
Greater Louisville Inc. is considered the city's Chamber of Commerce.
Johnson has been a council member since 1992.
GLI issued a statement on the situation:
“As has now been reported, an individual is no longer welcome at future GLI events. Inappropriate or unprofessional behavior and comments are never welcome at GLI events. Protecting and respecting our staff’s privacy has been our main concern. GLI took strong and appropriate action when we learned of this specific incident and consider the matter closed as it relates to our organization.” Alison Brotzge-Elder, the Communications Manager said.
Councilman Johnson has issued a statement concerning the GLI Trip in Austin, Texas:
“It is certainly not in my character to be offensive, so I do apologize if I came across that way in Austin. GLI has not contacted me personally about any incident during the Austin trip. At the time, was not aware that my words were offensive to anyone. I wish someone had brought this to my attention a month ago so I could have apologized. I will honor GLI’s request so now that this has been settled, it’s time for all of us to move forward.”
President Yates issues statement on GLI and Councilman Johnson:
“I was contacted by GLI a few weeks ago and did exactly what they requested be done in this matter.
During a discussion with a GLI employee it was conveyed to me that an individual was offended by a statement or statements that Councilman Johnson made one evening in a social setting in Austin, Texas.
I was told the individual did not want their name nor the issue made public but did not want to have any further dealings with Councilman Johnson.
Although as President of the Louisville Metro Council I do not have the authority to restrict or dictate Councilman Johnson’s private conduct or activities, I agreed to convey to Councilman Johnson that he was no longer welcome at GLI events.
Although Councilman Johnson maintained that he did not believe that his words warranted such action he agreed to avoid any and all future GLI functions.
Neither GLI nor the individual has requested any further action from myself or the Metro Council, but has adamantly requested that this issue remain private.”