Marshall County Fiscal Court launches investigation

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Reporter - Elizabeth Fields
Photojournalist -Mason Watkins

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. - The Marshall County Fiscal Court held a special meeting Friday afternoon to address the issue of obtaining counsel on the issue of unemployment.

Commissioner Misti Drew called for the meeting after she learned of a discrepancy about a former employee's departure from a county job. She said she and the court were told the employee retired and actually threw the employee a retirement party on February 4. But the employee started claiming unemployment benefits on February 3.

Drew said Judge Executive Mike Miller signed the employees separation papers and indicated that he had not retired, but been laid off/terminated.

During the special meeting, Judge Miller said he did sign the papers.

Drew went on to accuse the judge of leaking confidential and inaccurate information that came from the closed sessions. She said that information was printed in a Lake News article.

"We have to be very diligent in that we make sure our paperwork is accurate and they have accurate information to decide on those claims at the unemployment office level," she said. "I've never had an issue where everything we've been discussing behind closed session has just been thrown out to the media."

"If I said something that I shouldn't have said I apologize to the court and to the community at large," said Miller in the special meeting. "In my 39 years, I don't think I've ever been charges with an ethical violation, but if I've done so and done something wrong then so be it."

Drew said she has filed an ethics complaint and asked for the court to pass a motion to seek outside counsel to investigate the issues. The motion did pass.

County Attorney Jeff Edwards said in the meeting he would begin compiling a list of possible investigators and get it to the commissioners as soon as possible.

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