Correction: Attorney General's Office Reviewing City Commissioner's Eligibility
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story contained erroneous information that suggested that citzen-voters of Covington could trigger a review of a city official's eligibility by contacing the Kentucky Attorney General's Office. That report was inaccurate and The River City News regrets the error.
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The Attorney General of Kentucky won't act on the possible removal from office of Covington City Commissioner Michelle Williams without formal complaints from citizen voters, The River City News has learned.
A letter was sent from Frankfort to Covington informing local officials that any review of Williams' past criminal record, and whether it precludes her from holding office, would only be instigated at the request of such citizen-voters and not anyone else.
This story will be updated as soon as more information is gained from local officials and the Office of the Attorney General.
Attorney General Jack Conway's office confirmed to The River City News last week that it was looking into Williams' criminal past and whether any of her convictions (including theft and drug charges as well as a military court martial) amount to the "high misdemeanors" that disallow people from serving in public office, per the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson drafted an opinion on the matter the week prior, arguing that Williams' seat should be vacated immediately. While he was acting as counsel to the Kenton County Board of Elections, the Attorney General's office said last week that Edmondson does not have authority or influence in this particular matter.
This story will be updated.
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News
Photo: Michelle Williams