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New Mayor of Shepherdsville defends how he got the job

New Mayor of Shepherdsville defends his path to the job

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The new mayor of Shepherdsville says he wants to bring a positive light back on the city.

He sat down for a one-on-one interview with WDRB on Thursday.

Mayor Brian James has met with city employees. He says he had been planning on this job since Scott Ellis was indicted.

"I said, 'This isn't the way it was supposed to happen' because for eight months, I have been meeting with people, with the council members, in regards to succession planning," James said.

"The 'conflict of interest' is a term that a lot of people have been using," James said. "It is in her legal right to have voted for her husband. One of the comments she is using is, 'I chose this person for his morals, his ethics.'"

James was appointed Tuesday night by three council members, including his wife. Ellis resigned just hours before amid a sex scandal.

Some residents and council members question whether James' appointment is legal.

"I met with four attorneys yesterday -- four different attorneys for Kentucky League of Cities -- and they are on board with what happened," James said. "The vote may not have seemed fair, but the city needs to get out of the negative."

James say if there is a 3-to-3 vote, "That is something I've been speaking to some of the council members on. They've had the same concern and I don't plan on doing that. If something comes up for vote and it's a 3-to-3 tie, then I will probably abstain from the vote because I don't want there to be...I will say I will definitely abstain from the vote."

James says his first priority is his new job that pays just under $60,000 a year, but he'll still work nights and weekends if possible at his family's business, Kart Kountry.

"Right now, I'm just doing damage control," he said. "I want no offense...I want the circus to leave town."

James hasn't decided yet if he'll run in the November election. His term ends at the end of December.

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