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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The second Metro Councilwoman in less than a year is now the center of an ethics investigation for how she spent your taxpayer dollars.
Barbara Shanklin was noticeably missing from a park dedication in her district Thursday morning. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer helped open the city's fourth dream playground for disabled children, and even thanked Shanklin for her work on the project.
A political watchdog group filed an ethics complaint questioning the councilwoman's handling of public money for an upholstery program that, records show, benefited her family.
Shanklin also fired her grandson, Gary Bohler, after reports revealed he was on the city's payroll with outstanding warrants.
The mayor said Thursday, "Councilwoman Shanklin has done a nice job in Newburg. She has worked hard for the people here. Obviously there's some concerns about what's being surfaced now . So let's make sure all the facts get together and make sure she has the opportunity to present her situation, too."
Shanklin has denied any wrongdoing and says she welcomes the investigation.