Shepherdsville mayor resigns, new mayor elected at meeting

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Scott Ellis
Scott Ellis (Photo Courtesy: WHAS)

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The mayor of Shepherdsville resigned and a new mayor was elected at the same meeting.

Media outlets report that Mayor Scott Ellis resigned his position at Tuesday’s city council meeting after being pressured to leave office for his involvement in a sex scandal. Ellis wasn’t present, but his resignation letter was read aloud.

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At the same meeting a new mayor was selected following a contentious exchange between council members. Ultimately, Brian James – the husband of councilwoman Dana Bischoff James – was sworn in as Shepherdsville’s new mayor.

Council members Bernie Brown and Larry Hatfield refused to vote and walked out of the meeting. Brown says he did so because “it’s a serious issue” and he didn’t think the council should “move hastily.”

James will remain mayor until a general election in November.

 

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