Members of the Barbourville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to remove Mayor David Thompson from office.
Their decision came after a public hearing that spanned more than two and a half hours, during which attorneys from both sides presented their cases.Register to read more...
A public hearing on the possible removal of Mayor David Thompson will go on as scheduled.
According to Thompson's attorney Billy Taylor of Barbourville, a motion for injunctive relief submitted to the court on Tuesday was passed to another Circuit Court Division when Knox Circuit Gregory Lay recused himself.
The motion was then passed to Circuit Judge Tom Jensen, who could not rule on the motion until Wednesday morning.
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Barbourville attorney Billy Taylor, who is representing Barbourville Mayor David Thompson in a lawsuit against the Barbourville City Council, said he is seeking an injunction today to halt a planned meeting set for 6 p.m. tonight.
As of noon, no ruling had been made on Taylor's motion for injunction.
In an exclusive interview with The Advocate Monday afternoon, Taylor said that if Tuesday's meeting goes on as planned, he will represent Thompson at the meeting.
"If they proceed with a hearing, I will be calling witnesses," he said, adding that council members will be called among the witnesses.Register to read more...
Barbourville Mayor David Thompson has hired an attorney, who has filed a lawsuit against members of the Barbourville City Council. Thompson's suit alleges the council violated the Kentucky Open Meetings law while seeking the removal of Thompson from office.
The suit states that the council violated KRS 61.800, 61.810, 61.820 and 61.830 when, on March 6, they produced a letter calling for Thompson's resignation. The letter was presented near the end of Thursday's regular council meeting.Register to read more...