City Council has yet to make a decision on Mayor Terry Cruse

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by WHAS editors

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 7:48 PM

HODGENVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- At Thursday's hearing allegations of nepotism were brought forth.  The mayor allegedly hired his son and the city clerk's son to work for the city.  That is a direct violation of the nepotism policy, according to Council member Jim Phelps.  

Allegations were made that Cruse's son was not qualified for a job at the water management plant but was hired because he was the mayor's son.

Water Plant Superintendent Jerry Gaulke took the stand.  He admitted the job Cruse's son was hired for, was never made available to the public.  

"He had married a resident of Hodgenville, house payments, baby on the way. Obviously he needed a job," Gaulke said.

Phelps would like to see Hodgenville move forward.

"We are a small town that no one other than Abraham Lincoln, nobody had ever heard of," he said, "...now everybody knows us because of our political problems."

The mayor and clerk still face criminal charges after the council votes on removal from office.

Hodgenville Police Chief Steven Johnson said that the council should not take action until the criminal case is resolved.

"I think it is forcing them to be tried twice. I think it's a little unfair,” Johnson said.   

Johnson, who has served Hodgenville for more than 35 years, said the controversy has some residents at odds.  

"It tears the city up," he said.

After all testimony has gone forth, the council will meet and vote on whether they would like to oust the mayor.

"There is only one if two outcomes, either he'll be removed or he won't be and that's it," Phelps said.

In the midst of a corruption scandal, Cruse is seeking the office of LaRue County Sheriff.
 

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