(LEX 18) – The Kentucky attorney general’s office has said it will not remove Sherry Richardson, a member of the Clark County Education Council, telling council members in an email that there was no “sufficient grounds” to do so.
Richardson has been under investigation by the Kentucky Attorney General for months after a report was sent to them in February alleging his family’s business made more than $ 85,000 on a funded construction project by school.
In the office’s closing letter, to Clark County School Board President Ashley Ritchie, Assistant Attorney General Jeremy Sylvester writes that Richardson said she was aware of his company’s sale of products to the system. school until the report is made to the Attorney General. office in February 2021.
The closing letter states that while Richardson is the treasurer and handles all accounts payable and financial reports, she does not handle the bulk of customer service and product orders. Her husband, Will Richardson, is primarily responsible for customer service, the letter says.
Kentucky Laws Say that no person should be eligible to sit on a school board if they are, at the time of their election, interested “directly or indirectly” in the sale to the board of supplies or goods.
The closing letter from the Attorney General’s offices says they are unaware of any evidence that Richardson’s family business, Howard’s Overhead Doors, and entrepreneur Rising Sun Developing had “a secret sharing agreement. profits ”. The letter adds that Howard’s Overhead Doors’ 2019 invoices to Rising Sun were less than $ 600 of the estimated amount accepted before Richardson began his tenure.
The report to the attorney general’s office was made by then school board attorney Brian Thomas. In August, Richardson began pushing for Thomas to be dismissed as board attorney, culminating in a motion last week to send him 30 days’ notice.