If you’re not familiar with the Sadie-Margaret Brosko scandal, get caught up because it’s about to be a big deal again:
- Just When You Thought Greg Couldn’t Get Worse [July 8, 2014]
- The LMAS Official-Turned-Fischer-Staffer Scandal Gets Real: Proof Margaret Brosko & Other Metro Officials Are Corrupt & Lack Any Compassion [July 22, 2014]
- Transparency: Fischer Put His Foot In His Mouth [July 23, 2014]
- This Louisville Scandal Impacts The Entire State [July 23, 2014]
- A Deeper Look At That Fischer/LMAS Coverup [July 24, 2014]
It was merely the latest in a long string of hundreds of similar stories detailing the myriad scandals at Louisville Metro Animal Services.
Unfortunately for the citizens of our fine city, Mayor Greg Fischer essentially told me (Jake) to take a hike. He ignored the mess. He refused to deal with it. He and his staff went so far as to attempt to retaliate against me behind the scenes by going to our advertisers. Par for the course.
But guess what?
Councilman Kelly Downard and Councilwoman Cindy Fowler are today announcing an ad-hoc committee to investigate the nightmare we’ve come to know as Metro Animal Services.
The Sadie-Margaret Brosko story was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
At a press conference this afternoon, they’ll reveal committee members and offer additional details.
The nightmare isn’t over but it’s the beginning of the end.
Media: When you get the press release announcing the presser? That’s what it’s about. So get your camera crews ready and show up. You’ve done a miserable job covering LMAS through the years and this is your chance to turn a new leaf. I’ve already done the dirty work for you. Not even asking you to give me the credit I deserve — that’s how important this is. Now just pick up and run with it. You have no excuse.
Message to Fischer: You never should have lied about cleaning up LMAS. You never should have blown the issue off. You never should have instructed Sadiqa Reynolds to develop a plan for secrecy. You never, ever should have tried whitewashing LMAS. You never should have come for me for merely doing my job because that motivated me to work harder.
Because this is what you get: the city’s legislative body forming a bi-partisan investigative committee to clean your administration’s clock.
I’ve seen the evidence. I know those responsible, I know the witnesses, I know what’s already been uncovered. This is an issue I’ve been knee-deep in for the better part of a decade. And for the first time ever? I know you won’t walk away from this without being held responsible.
You’re only as good as you treat your elderly, the less fortunate, the animals.
I’ll run a story later today with specifics.
This city truly does have compassionate citizens and it’s those compassionate people who will clean this mess up — not Fischer.
UPDATE: Metro TV will cover the press conference scheduled for 1:30 today.
FOWLER & DOWNARD
Press release from Metro Council:
Metro Council President Jim King (D-10) has announced the establishment of a new Animal Services ad-hoc committee. The committee will be tasked with reviewing reports on thevillevoice.com regarding Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) and their handling of an animal under their control. The committee has been asked to review the actions of the department, hear from department leadership and review policies regarding the operations at LMAS. The committee will be comprised of five members and will be co-chaired by Councilman Kelly Downard (R-16) and Councilwoman Cindi Fowler (D-14).
“When the reports of problems came to my attention, I asked Councilwoman Fowler and Councilman Downard to quietly assess the situation and report back to me with their findings. On Monday, I met with them and they have expressed their concern that there are certain matters that we as a council should address.” – Council President Jim King
“This committee will focus on getting a complete examination of Louisville Metro Animal Services. We take our legislative responsibility of oversight seriously and we intend to gather information to ensure that the best interests of our animal population are being served” – Councilman Kelly Downard
“We must take up this issue to find the facts of the situation and rectify any problems that surface from our inquires. We appreciate the cooperation of LMAS and the administration as we conduct this fact finding mission”. – Councilwoman Cindi Fowler
The Metro Council Animal Services Ad-Hoc Committee will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, August 27 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chambers of the Louisville Metro Council. Full membership for the committee will be announced in the coming days. The Animal Services Ad-Hoc Committee will not process legislation or take votes on matters and any council member who wishes to attend may do so. The President has indicated the Ad Hoc Committee will have eight weeks to review and complete any recommendations for action to the Metro Council
I’ll archive video of the presser later today and publish it here.