• Bill Buckman during presentation: That’s a lie!

    Even before he was involved in distributing packets of public records about Councilwoman Kecia Copeland to City Council members at the Nov. 1 meeting, Mayor John Royalty electronically distributed an Internet rant about Copeland to his assistant, Kathy Graham, and his friend, then-Councilman Bill Buckman, according to the investigation findings.

    But Buckman denied he was the recipient of Royalty’s email containing a link to the Rip-Off Report, which included anonymous accusations about Copeland’s employment history from several years ago.

  • Fireman finally gets his story out

    The origin of two fire department reports about fires at former residences of Councilwoman Kecia Copeland were included in a batch of documents left anonymously at a Bardstown City Council session are finally confirmed.

    Fireman Todd Spalding printed them, on the orders of Mayor John Royalty, according to the findings of a three-month investigation released Tuesday night. In fact, the report states, Royalty asked him to print them twice.

  • City investigation cast a wide net

    Scott Crosbie and two retired federal investigators spent three months compiling the 44-page report on the inquiry as to whether Bardstown Mayor John Royalty abused the power of his office and authority.

    The scope of the investigation encompassed numerous open records requests submitted to the city that produced more than 5,000 documents to piece together, and interviews with 18 named individuals, plus other “confidential, background sources.”

  • Report alleges racial animosity between mayor, council members

    City Council members and former city workers told investigators Bardstown Mayor John Royalty had a history of vindictiveness and using racial slurs, and singled out three black City Council members for special nicknames.

    Former Fire Chief Marlin Howard, who was fired by Royalty, said he had “heard Mayor Royalty speak in a derogatory way about African-Americans including using the N word,” according to the investigation’s findings released Tuesday night.

  • Royalty’s lawyer: Two weeks not enough time

    Mayor John Royalty’s attorney, Jason Floyd, said he had concerns about the time frame involved in preparing a defense after the Bardstown City Council voted Tuesday night to hold a hearing April 12 on the mayor’s alleged misconduct.

  • Mayor used city workers to conspire against council members

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty enlisted city workers, some of whom were reluctant or unknowing of his full intentions, in a conspiracy to abuse his power and invade City Council members’ emails, according to the findings of an investigation presented Tuesday night.

  • Events leading up to the release of Copeland’s private emails

    Oct. 17 – Bardstown Mayor John Royalty approaches IT Supervisor Brandon Brewer and tells him to lie by sending an email to City Council members saying all their iPads were needed for a security update.

    Oct. 17 – Brewer sends the email with the subject line “iPad Updates.” He blind copies the mayor so that Royalty knows his order has been carried out.

    Oct. 18 – Brewer sends a follow-up email seeking the iPads to be turned in.

  • Mayor mum as investigation report released

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty was absent when a 44-page report that largely reads as an indictment of abuse of power during his tenure as mayor was released Tuesday night, and has been mostly silent since.

    He informed PLG-TV News 13 prior to Tuesday night’s meeting he would not be attending. He said there was a family member who had an emergency at a Louisville hospital, and he needed to be there.

    “Would not be back till the meeting well underway and really could not listen to the mules. It’s just personal and racism,” he texted.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from March 28

    E-911 budget gets approval

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court during a special called meeting Tuesday approved the city-county E-911 Central Dispatch budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1.

  • Council expected to hear report on possible misconduct

    The Bardstown City Council expects to hear the final report Tuesday night on a three-month investigation targeting Mayor John Royalty for possible misconduct.

    The agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting included a closed session on “discussions which might lead to the discipline or dismissal of an individual employee, namely Mayor John Royalty, without restricting that employee’s right to a public hearing if requested pursuant to the council’s investigation.”

    That report is expected tonight.