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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Embattled Metro Councilwoman Judy Green has resigned, but the Metro Council is expected to decide Monday whether to continue with its removal hearing as scheduled.
WDRB's Stephan Johnson spoke to Green Friday afternoon: "I feel this is a sad day," she told him, "but I also don't want to hurt the District One constituents anymore."
Metro Council President Jim King says he received Green's letter of resignation on Friday. It reads, "Effective immediately, I do hearby resign from my position as Metro Councilperson from District One Metro Louisville. It has been my privilege to represent the residents of District One."
Metro Council spokesperson Tony Hyatt says, however, that because of council rules, the resignation will not take effect until the next meeting of the council on Thursday, September 22nd.
Councilwoman Green had been accused of misusing money for a summer youth jobs program called the "Green Clean Team." That program employed several of her relatives. She was also criticized for trying to re-route grant money intended for the non-profit group 100 Black Men.
Green's attorney says she alone made the decision to resign, and he's hoping the charges against Green will be dropped. "I fought the good fight," she told Johnson. "I hung in there, I tried to get my story out."
The Metro Council hearing that could have removed Green from office is still set to start on Monday. Councilman King says that plans are for the council to decide whether or not the hearings should continue.
Seventeen of the 20 members of the Metro Council are to serve as a jury, should hearings continue. Green responds, "I think if that's what they're going to do, they can go on and do it. It's just surprising to me."
The Jefferson County Attorney said earlier that even if Green resigned, the removal hearing could still be held, and that if Green is removed from office, she cannot run for council again until 2014.
Mayor Greg Fischer released a statement saying, "I appreciate Judy Green's willingness to serve her community. I encourage the Metro Council to move swiftly to name a replacement to ensure that residents of District 1 have representation in city government."
Immediately after the Ethics Commission recommended that Green should leave office, she told WDRB News she would not resign, "Because I have not done anything wrong. I have not mismanaged, misused or enriched myself with anything."
Last month, Green's attorney said his client was ill and had been hospitalized. An affidavit from her doctor was provided the council, saying that the stress of the hearing would not be in her best interest. But the council refused to delay the hearing.
Several dozen of Green's supporters showed up for a rally Thursday evening to urge the council to think twice before removing her from office. Green made an appearance at that rally, which was organized by the Concerned Citizens for District One. Green repeated then that she had no plans to resign.
On Friday, however, she said she decided to resign, "after realizing it was taking a toll on my health. It was causing my family members to suffer emotionally."
Green has called the investigation into her actions a "witch hunt." Some of her supporters have called it racism.