Shepherdsville Mayor Scott Ellis still not showing up for work at City Hall
Taxpayers say they shouldn't be footing the bill for his salary if he's not there.
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The mayor of Shepherdsville is still not showing up for work, and residents aren't happy.
"It's just confusing to the average person," Handman Loy said.
Scott Ellis was the mayor of Shepherdsville before he resigned after pressure to step down over a sex scandal. But last week a judge ruled that Ellis is still the mayor because of a technicality on how he wrote his resignation letter.
His attorney says Ellis would discuss over the holiday weekend whether he will return as mayor, but there's still no sign of him.
"He got voted in. He needs to be voted out," said Janet Browning, a Shepherdsville resident. "He shouldn't be paid. Right is right, and wrong is wrong."
The City Clerk says the city paid Ellis about $35,000 in back pay, and Brian James was paid almost $33,000 for his seven months as acting mayor. James had not taken a monthly check and was paid in full last week.
"If you the judge or whoever said he is the mayor, then he should be showing up for work," Loy said. "Of course we second guess a lot of things, but if you don't show up for work, you don't get no money."
The City Council says it must decide what to do now. Councilman Larry Hatfield says options include trying to get enough council votes to impeach Ellis.
Another option is shutting down city government by three council members not attending meetings until Ellis make a decision.
Hatfield says Ellis owes the public an explanation on whether he plans to return. According to state law, if a mayor doesn't attend his duties for 60 days, the mayor's office can be declared vacant by a majority vote of the council.
"I think they should vote a new mayor in. Period," Browning said.
Shepherdsville city staff says they haven't been advised if the mayor will show up for work. The next Shepherdsville City Council meeting is next Tuesday. No agenda has been set.
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