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Metro Councilman Jerry Miller Replies to Call for Investigation by Brent Ackerson

Friday July 6, 2012

Louisville Metro Council
Media Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  
MEDIA CONTACT:     
STEPHEN HAAG, JR.   574-1204 / 645-1752

The following is a response by Government Accountability and Ethics Committee Chairman, Jerry Miller (District 19) to the press release issued earlier this afternoon on behalf of the Office of Councilman Brent Ackerson.

“Members of the Minority Caucus are focused on hearing all of the facts prior to coming to any conclusions on this matter. That is why we are following legal advice and refraining from making public comments or reaching a conclusion on this matter – just as we did when working through the Judy Green removal process.”

“The request by Councilman Brent Ackerson (District 26), which seems focused on grabbing headlines, if acted upon could potentially prevent the council from being able to participate in a removal process/court, if one is deemed necessary"
“The auditor is currently reviewing these matters; we also have a Public Integrity Unit within Metro Government. These people are the professionals who conduct investigations regularly; we should wait for their work to be concluded prior to injecting politics into the situation.”

“Justice needs to be the top priority. This means giving professional investigators the time they need to do their job and giving Councilwoman Shanklin the opportunity to explain her actions. If Councilman Brent Ackerson wishes to proceed with this, he has the ability to file his own ethics complaint against the councilwoman – otherwise I believe he would be well served, as would every member of the Metro Council, to follow the advice of our counsel and refrain from prejudging this matter.”

For more information regarding this release, please contact, Stephen Haag, Jr at 645-1752.

Sponsor:
Jerry Miller (R) 19