Louisville nMetro Ethics Commission http://wfpl.org en Ackerson Wants Government Accountability Panel to Investigate Shanklin http://wfpl.org/post/ackerson-wants-government-accountability-panel-investigate-shanklin <p>Louisville Metro Councilman Brent Ackerson, D-26, is calling on the government accountability committee to investigate Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, who has been embroiled in a series of scandals.</p><p>Since May, Shanklin has faced mounting questions about the use of citys grants from her office, particularly for an <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/jobs-program-gives-shanklin-more-ethics-troubles-questions">upholstery training program for ex-convicts that served no former inmates</a> but that she and her relatives participated in.</p><p>The city&#39;s internal audit is conducting a review of the jobs program and a report is pending.</p><p>It has also been reported that <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/city-grants-paid-shanklins-relatives">$3,000 in taxpayer money went to Shanklin&#39;s family members</a> through funding of the Petersburg-Newburg Neighborhood Association, which she is a board member. Until last year, Shanklin has personally signed checks to the group&nbsp; since 2005.</p><p>An audit of council discretionary spending found<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/audit-finds-poor-documentation-council-discretionary-funds"> a lack monitoring in the majority of those grants</a>, but the report called out Shanklin specifically for having a conflict of interest in funding the&nbsp;neighborhood group while being a board member.</p><p>Ackerson says he is concerned about the oversight of taxpayer dollars as well as media reports, adding he wants to know the full story behind Shanklin&#39;s controversies.</p><p>&quot;Controversy such as this do not bode will for government period. There&#39;s a lot of questions that are raised about discretionary funds. Negative stories out there that don&#39;t talk about everything and don&#39;t give government a chance to address those, all they do is create improper conclusions. And I&#39;m a firm believer in discretionary funds and what they can do for an area,&quot; he says.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 19:35:47 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 935 at http://wfpl.org Ackerson Wants Government Accountability Panel to Investigate Shanklin