The Chatter: KY Bd of Elections to get new director; Rep. Hall won't get punished

12/29/2011 01:06 PM

The Kentucky Board of Elections will be looking for a new permanent director after the board voted 5-0 on Wednesday to fire its longtime executive director Sarah Ball Johnson.

The board fired Johnson after eight years on the job, according to a press release from outgoing Secretary of State Elaine Walker’s office. The firing was first reported by the Associated Press.

Johnson will finish her time on the job Friday. The board’s attorney, Maryellen Allen, will serve as acting interim director.

Allen declined comment when asked by Pure Politics about the hiring process and how long it could take to name a permanent director.

Speaker says House won’t punish Rep. Keith Hall over ethics issue

State Rep. Keith Hall will not face consequences from the House for his 2011 ethics sanctions when the General Assembly convenes on Tuesday, as John Cheves of the Herald-Leader reported on Thursday.

The Legislative Ethics Commission fined Hall $2,000 in October for his role in diverting coal severance tax money to a project that one of Hall’s companies worked on. That was the strongest ethics penalty handed down to Kentucky State lawmaker in more than a decade.

“I believe the commission’s ruling stands as the final judgment in this matter,” Stumbo told Cheves.

- Compiled by Nick Storm

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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