"Threatening" email revealed, county commissioner calls out "smear tactics"
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky.- A county commissioner defended himself against what he called "smear tactics used for personal gain," on Friday. In a news conference, McCracken County Commissioner Jerry Beyer said, "I do not deserve, and my family does not deserve, this type of ridicule."
The issue first went public after Commissioner Freeman filed a formal complaint to Sheriff Jon Hayden last weekend. The complaint surrounded a check the treasurer and Judge Newberry issued to Carter for nearly 32 grand. The check was for comp time but freeman said he and the fiscal court didn't approve that payment.
In the complaint he mentioned a Kentucky State Police investigation into attempted blackmail of Beyer by Carter. Beyer said that issue was discussed in a closed-door executive session and that state police asked him not to release any information until the investigation ended.
He said he's disappointed in Commissioner Freeman for going public with that information.
Judge Executive Van Newberry echoing those sentiments saying in a statement to local 6:
"I (Van Newberry) agree with Commissioner Beyer that things talked about in executive session should be kept confidential. What good is executive session when you can't talk about things in confidence?"
The investigation is ongoing. I'm told it'll likely be a month before Kentucky State Police is finished.
At that time they'll know if there's enough evidence to file charges against Carter.
The Kentucky Attorney Generals office is investigating the alleged illegal payment issue.