Controversy conitnues in Shepherdsville, Mayor resings again

Shepherdsville Mayor Ellis resigns again

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- After months of controversy, Scott Ellis claims he's done as Mayor of Shepherdsville, and this time he means it.

Late August a judge ruled Scott Ellis' resignation was incomplete and he was still the Mayor of Shepherdsville. But Wednesday Ellis' attorney said he delivered a second resignation letter on behalf of his client, who is ready to be out of the public's eye once and for all.

"He wants to be Scott Ellis citizen, not Scott Ellis the Mayor of Shepherdsville,” John Cook, Ellis' Attorney, said.

Ellis first resigned in February after a sex scandal and allegations of racist comments.

His attorney said since then he's been functioning as an citizen while Brian James, who was appointed to the mayor's position in February, served in his place. During the 6-month period, council members claim both men were being paid. 

But last week a judge ruled Ellis' resignation letter was incomplete- stating he resigned from his duties, but not his position. That means legally he has been the Mayor for the last 6 months.

Cook said, "I guess at this point he could've taken back his perceived resignation but he wanted to spend some time with his family and weigh his options and he ultimately decided that he was not interested in returning to that office and tendered his resignation."

City Council will review the second resignation letter on Tuesday, September 13 and ultimately vote to accept or reject it.

Councilman Larry Hatfield said he's confident the resignation will be accepted but what happens next won’t be quite as simple.

"I know that this is probably the first time this has ever happened in the city but I know there are a lot of questions that are going to have to be answered,” Hatfield said.

Some of those questions include who to appoint, and how to appoint them. Hatfield said he expects there will be some disagreement but any conversation stemming from the resignation is a conversation in the right direction.

"I feel very confident that everybody is going to back up- slow down, and let's think about this thing and do it the right way,” Hatfield said.

Hatfield said he will recommend the council wave their 30-day window to appoint a new Mayor, and ask Governor Bevin to do it for them but he's certain not everyone will agree. That’s a discussion that will happen on Tuesday at the Shepherdsville City Council Meeting.


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