Lebanon’s P&Z commissioner stepping down after arrest
LEBANON, Ky. (WTVQ) – After initially refusing to resign following his arrest in a sex sting operation in Boyle County, the chairman of the City of Lebanon’s Planning and Zoning Commission says he is stepping down.
The Boyle County Sheriff’s Office announced back in October that 28-year-old Paul Hilpp was one of eight men arrested in connection to an undercover operation involving a popular dating app, which was also being used to solicit sex from minors.
Hilpp was charged with unlawful transaction with a minor and prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure sex from a minor.
The Lebanon Enterprise newspaper says Hilpp was asked to resign by the city’s mayor after the arrest, but Hilpp refused.
Seven commissioners then announced they would be resigning, effective January 1, according the newspaper.
The Lebanon Enterprise says on Friday, Hilpp sent his letter of resignation to the mayor.
The Lebanon Enterprise says in Hilpp’s resignation letter to the mayor, he wrote: “In the last two days, I learned of the decision made by the other members to resign from the commission. I felt deeply disappointed having to learn this from the media instead from the mayor or city administration… Notwithstanding the clear collusion that has taken place I have decided to resign from my role as chairman and as a commission member.”
The mayor tells the newspaper he may reappoint the current commission members who are willing to serve.