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Report: Williams Qualified to Remain Covington Commissioner, Attorney General Says

Attorney General Jack Conway has decided that Covington City Commissioner Michelle Williams is qualified to remain in office and that "high misdemeanors" is not clearly defined, meaning that Williams' past criminal record will not be grounds to remove her from office, WCPO reported Tuesday night.

Conway began a review of Williams' criminal record, one that included multiple arrests for drug charges and a court martial from the US Army, last month. In a letter to Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson, who had issued his own decision that Williams was not qualified, a decision rebuked by Conway's office, Conway said that because Williams was never convicted of a felony that she could remain in office.

WCPO talked to Edmondson:

“I am disappointed that he refuses to take action and I know that the citizens of Covington are appalled that he won't act,” said Edmonson of the decision.

Williams was elected in November 2012 and assumed office in January.

Williams has not spoken to the media for several weeks but posted to her Facebook page on June 24: "I was pleased to learn this morning that it is unlikely that Kentucky’s Attorney General will initiate any action to attempt to remove me from my position as Commissioner for the city of Covington to which I was elected last November, 2012. This confirms to me that my decision to retain my seat in light of recent revelations concerning my past, misdemeanor convictions is the correct one, and comports fully with the law and fairness. I consider it a privilege to serve the citizens of Covington as one of their Commissioners, and I intend to fulfill all the obligations of my office to the best of my ability. Thanks to all my Supporters!"

Read the letter from the Attorney General: WCPO

Photo: Michelle Williams