Shepherdsville mayor remains on job following indictment
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shepherdsville city council members took no action on Mayor Scott Ellis at a meeting Tuesday night, but some council members think he should resign.
The mayor was formally indicted by a grand jury on charges of solicitation to prostitution hours before he showed up to Tuesday's city council meeting.
The Bullitt County Sheriff's office says three women have come forward claiming Mayor Ellis made certain promises in exchange for sexual favors. One woman even said the mayor offered her a pardon from the governor. Police say more charges could surface.
"It's not over," Scotty McGaha of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department said. "There obviously could be more charges on down the road, but right now that's what we presented to the grand jury. So we'll just see from here where it goes."
Tuesday's city council meeting lasted for almost two hours, as the council discussed construction projects and addressed citizen concerns -- but no one spoke up about the mayor's indictment. Two council members said that they were not familiar enough with the indictment to take action tonight.
"We have not seen anything formally," Councilman Bernie Brown explained. "I've just heard what I know, actually, from some of you reporters."
"I feel sorry for his family, but the city's got to go forward," councilman Larry Hatfield said. "This is going to cloud us. This is going to hurt us. It's a bad deal, but it's time to quit."
Hatfield thinks Mayor Ellis should resign.
Shepherdsville residents seemed divided on the mayor's indictment. Some even stand by Ellis.
"I have no problem with him. I think he's doing an excellent job," resident Larry Thompson said, defending Ellis.
Sandie Robinson thinks the mayor should pass on the torch.
"If he has been fully indicted or he is going to be sentenced, I really think he needs to step down voluntarily and not be forced to come down," Robinson said.
Ellis had no comment for the media or for the City of Shepherdsville.
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