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City Council members spar over Shepherdsville mayor

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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The question of who should rightfully be the mayor of Shepherdsville still hangs over the head of the city council.

On Wednesday, arguments began in a civil suit leveled against three members of Shepherdsville City Council as well as former mayor Scott Ellis.

On Feb. 9, Ellis submitted a resignation later to council stating his intention to resign. This came amid an investigation into an alleged sex-for-favor scandal. Several hours later, city council voted in a new mayor, Brian James.

Councilmembers Larry Hatfield and Bernie Brown say the language used in Ellis’ resignation letter was improper and did not legally resign Ellis from his position. They also argue the way the council handled the resignation was illegal.

Shortly after that resignation letter was submitted, council voted in the current Mayor of Shepherdsville, Brian James. James is the husband of councilmember Dana Bischoff James.

Brown and Hatfield walked out of that meeting during the process. At what point in the process they left the meeting is still up for debate in the case.

“If you don't have Mayor Ellis properly resigning and the counsel taking proper procedure, you never get to whether there was an ethics violation,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Mark Edison.

Edison also raised questions Wednesday about the possibility of an ethics violation by Bischoff James voting for her husband as mayor.

“This is one where the girls outfoxed the men, and the men are having a temper tantrum,” said defendant’s attorney Joe Wantland.

Testimony did not finish on Wednesday, and as a result, the case will be continued until Aug. 31. Both sides are concerned that because the case is taking so long, it may not make that much of a difference one way or another.

“It will be decided at the ballot box in November, no matter what the judge decides,” Edison said. “It could be strictly a legal argument, that practically being applied at that time, won't make any difference.”

“This is a band aid," Wantland said. "This mayor only sits until the general election in November. That person elected as mayor will be sworn in immediately.”

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