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Ky. AG to decide whether commissioner can hold seat

Jun. 18, 2013 @ 02:00 PM

COVINGTON, Ky. — The Kentucky attorney general’s office will decide whether a northern Kentucky city commissioner can continue in her elected role despite being convicted of misdemeanor crimes before she took office.

Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson said that he has recommended against allowing Michelle Williams to stay. She was elected in November and took office in January.

According to the state constitution, a person cannot hold public office if convicted of a felony or a “high misdemeanor.” An attorney general’s opinion has said there’s no statutory definition of a “high misdemeanor.”

Edmondson said Williams has three convictions for Class A misdemeanors that involve fraud or dishonesty.

Williams’ attorney, Darrell Cox, says his client wants to keep the seat.

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