Attorney's investigation suggests misconduct by Judge Executive
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By Venita Fritz, General Manager

Members of the public packed the Marshall County Courthouse this morning to hear the findings of a report by special counsel Kent WIcker concerning County Judge Executive Mike Miller's handling of unemployment benefits for former dog warden Goldenrod Kirk.

County Attorney Jeff Edward's read the six page report before the court in which Wicker concluded Miller committed misconduct related to the issuance of unemployment benefits to Kirk who is now in his late 80's and was an employee of the county for more than 30 years.

Wicker said in his report Miller committed misconduct by "causing a false record to be created which permitted Mr. Kirk to be awarded unemployment benefits."

Wicker's report went on to note the county was not harmed financially in the matter since Kirk has returned the $3,000 he received without protest.

Drew's original complaint against Miller was two-pronged. She also said he had discussed issue's surrounding Kirk's departure from the county with members of the press, saying he divulged information covered only in executive session forums.

WIcker's report concluded Miller had indeed disclosed information to the press about the executive session, but that the disclosure of information does not violate Kentucky law.

Edwards indicated he has forwarded Wicker's report to Attorney General Jack Conway's office. He indicated it is up to the fiscal court to decide beyond that what actions might be taken.

The court did not discuss any actions it might take during today's special session.

Drew said yesterday she also plans to file a supplemental ethics complaint in the matter.

"I will also be asking the Attorney General's Office for a legal opinion on another aspect of the investigation," said Drew.
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