Three former Ballard County leaders’ cases heard by grand jury

Two former Ballard County leaders were indicted on charges Friday, and the case on a third is delayed.

The grand jury indicted former jailer Mike Horn and his deputy jailer at the time, Monica Galloway. They’re each charged with one count of official misconduct from an incident that happened sometime in 2013. Now, the court will decide whether to hear these charges in circuit court or district court.

The grand jury also heard, but didn’t make a decision on, former county treasurer Belinda Foster. The grand jury decided to continue her case to the next session, when that grand jury will hear the case again. Commonwealth Attorney Mike Stacy said the county has since appointed a new treasurer. He also said with cases on three former county leaders heard in grand jury, it’s a time of transition for the county.

"These things happen in every county. Ballard County is no isolation, so being a former county official, I know that this county can pick up and go forward, no problem," Stacy said.

The charges Horn and Galloway face are misdemeanors. Stacy said they stem from dealings with a commissary account. He says they believe money was not handled properly, but there are no allegations of theft.

Stacy could not comment on Foster’s pending case.

The grand jury will meet again on March 4.

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