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UPDATE: Shepherdsville City Treasurer allowed to keep job

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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Shepherdsville City Treasurer gets to keep her job.

That's the ruling of the Shepherdsville Civil Service Commission.

In a letter dated Feb. 4, Scott Ellis, while he was mayor, suspended Gayla Bright without pay and with a recommendation that she be fired. His letter pointed to employer-employee relations, behavior, late arrival and outside employment as the reasons for the suspension.

"It's been hard emotionally and I went through a lot," Bright said.

Joe Wantland, the Shepherdsville City Attorney, says Bright was,  "....conducting an Internet business on company time. She's self employed, working for the city and collecting a city check after she was told not to."

She said she doesn't have an Internet business and the city bought some items from her small business.

Bright had written a letter to Ellis and the city council over how Ellis allegedly treated female employees. She says he then turned the tables on her.

She's been on medical leave since November and Bright says she's now been cleared to return to work.

"To think I would sit here and not do my job and to blame me for things.... absolutely blows my mind," Bright said. "I think I was retaliated against because I told the truth."

At a Civil Service Commission meeting, Ellis was scheduled to testify, but didn't have to when the Commission dismissed her charges, saying she can keep her job. Ellis also did not want to comment to WDRB News at the hearing.

The Commission says Ellis' letter about Bright was vague and didn't give specific examples of what she allegedly did wrong.

The Commission met behind closed doors than came back out to make its ruling. 

"It was a discussion, a debate, and we had to have a debate and deliberation and we needed to have that," said Tom Rosselli, who is on the Civil Service Commission.

Bright says she's happy with the ruling and is working forward to returning to work, calling recent events, "a lot of mental stress."

"I've been drug through the mud. I've worked here for 18 tears. This is part of my family," she said.

"She's going to go back to work," said David Ward, Bright's attorney. "I believe the new mayor is going to reinstate her."

Right now there is a temporary City Treasurer. 

Bright is scheduled to return to work on Monday, March 21.

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