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Bullitt County magistrates fire controversial animal shelter director

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bullitt County magistrates have fired a controversial animal control officer and shelter director.

The vote came down Wednesday morning, after a closed-door discussion for more than an hour over the fate of Jimmy Miller.

Once the magistrates came back to the open meeting, they voted to fire Miller. Joe Rayhill, a 4th District Magistrate says, "Based upon disparaging comments made about another county official that had been made public and brought discredit to Bullitt County."

Magistrates say the comments were in violation of Fiscal Court policies and the employee handbook.

Miller was thrust into controversy when video emerged of him using a racially charged term about the Bullitt County Jailer. In that video, the following exchange took place:

MILLER: "I thought I've seen [EXPLETIVE] Knox's car up Mt. Washington riding around with no sign on it."

EMPLOYEE: "Really?"

MILLER: "Yep, pretty sure it was her."

After that video surfaced, Miller was suspended for over a month.

An employee, Delsie Williams, secretly recorded the video in the shelter. Williams and others claim that Miller mistreated employees, as well as the animals he was supposed to care for.

The suspension was only going to last up to 30 working days and expires on Friday, so a special meeting was held today.

At the meeting, the Bullitt County Judge Executive Melanie Roberts also terminated Williams, but wouldn't say why publicly.
Roberts says, "A letter will be placed in Ms. Williams personnel file stating reasons for termination."

Knox says about two weeks after WDRB uncovered the video, Miller called her to apologize.

She says, "I would think it would be pretty sincere if he took the time to call, but it does make you think is he calling because he's trying to save his job or not save his job? To me again, it doesn't make a difference."

Knox says she supports the Fiscal Court's decision and would've even supported it, if they kept him on the job. She says, "Personally, I set this aside and went on. I don't hold a grudge and don't know the reasoning why or why he said it. I know people say a lot of things when they appear or think they are in a private area."

Williams had to return to the shelter to turn in her keys. She was hugging and talking to employees. She says her attorney told her not to comment, but tells WDRB, "she's free." She gave a fist pump and waved from her car leaving the shelter.

Rayhill says, "I do believe through investigations that Jimmy Miller did an excellent job as being an officer. No investigation has said anything about him mistreating any animals. I think Jimmy has done a great job. We can't tolerate statements made by county officials, county employees."

Miller and his family are not commenting. A family member tells WDRB, "It is what it is."

Magistrates are now looking for a new animal control officer and shelter director. They say they are hoping to hire a new person soon.

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