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Metro Council caucuses elect leadership amid Democratic shake-ups

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The Metro Council Democratic caucus meets Monday Jan. 5, 2015 to elect leadership before going into a closed door session to discuss personnel matters. The Metro Council Democratic caucus meets Monday Jan. 5, 2015 to elect leadership before going into a closed door session to discuss personnel matters.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Council elected leadership Monday night and there's a few familiar faces in the leadership positions. 

Along party lines, the council re-elected President Jim King (D-District 10). King took 15 votes out of the 26 member council. 

Councilman Jim King was not at the meeting. In a letter read at the meeting, he thanked colleagues and said, "An illness prevents me from joining you this evening.”

The Republican caucus unanimously re-elected Kevin Kramer (R-District 11) to caucus chair. Members have also elected Councilwoman Marilyn Parker (R-District 18) to caucus vice-chair.

Council member David James was appointed Democratic Caucus Chair, he replaces Vicki Welch.

Elizabeth Hoffman, the Majority Caucus Director, was suspended after a closed door session. 

She was arrested outside the El Nopal Mexican restaurant on Zorn Avenue Friday night for alcohol intoxication in a public place and disorderly conduct.

Alongside her was the city's Chief Financial Officer, Steve Rowland. He faces the same charges.

Management at the restaurant say the pair drank too much and were being disruptive. They were asked to leave after several customer complaints.

Police arrested the pair in the parking lot, after receiving complaints that they were having sexual relations in a car.

According to police reports, Hoffman was undressed when police approached, and both smelled strongly of alcohol.

During their regularly scheduled meeting tonight, the democratic caucus went into a closed door session to discuss the issue.

They decided to suspend Hoffman until further notice, without pay.

"In this particular case... the caucus does have their personnel committee, and they've got new leadership that's been elected," said Tony Hyatt.
"Given the attention, I think they wanted to move forward on this."

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