Paintsville mayor announces resignation following conviction

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Paintsville Mayor Robert Porter says he will resign following a conviction in federal court on charges of theft and bribery.

City Clerk Virgie Castle told media that Robert Porter announced on Monday to City Council members that he plans to step down Nov. 13.

A federal jury in London convicted Porter last month on the charges. Evidence presented at trial showed Porter didn’t pay for utilities on homes he owned from 2009 until 2012, totaling more than $7,000. The evidence also revealed Porter used thousands of dollars in city and federal funds to pay personal expenses and used a city vehicle for personal trips.

The city’s website says he has been mayor since 2007.

 

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