Commissioners say no to CCC request

Nov 29, 2011

Murray, KY – McCracken Fiscal Court commissioners decided last night not to fund half of a $15,000 bill for a Bowling Green attorney to investigate the alleged embezzlement at the Julian M. Carroll convention and expo centers. The County Convention Center Corporation had voted last month to hire an outside law firm to look into the embezzlement of more than $230,000 in center funds. Paducah's city commission decided last week to fund the full amount if no one else steps forward. The fiscal court resisted the investigation, unsure whether or not it's needed. CCC members say it's necessary to gain restitution and assess the situation without bias. In related news, The Paducah Sun reports former convention center director J. Patrick Kerr will be arraigned in McCracken District Court this morning in connection with the alleged embezzlement. Kerr's initial October 18th arraignment date was postponed so he could undergo long-term residential treatment for Lortab addiction.