Government Oversight Committee to question City and TARC leaders; Committee will move forward on sexual harassment investigation

July 27, 2020

Louisville – The Government Oversight and Audit Committee (GOA) will question Louisville Metro Government and Transit Authority of River City (TARC) leaders at their next regular meeting, tomorrow Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 5pm to 7pm.  

Ferdinand Risco Jr., the former executive director of TARC, has been accused of egregious sexual harassment by multiple current and former TARC employees. Louisville Metro Council launched an investigation once these accusations came to light and hired former FBI agent David Beyer, who has been looking into these claims of predatory behavior and intimidation at one of Louisville Metro’s most important public agencies.

This meeting follows up on a report by Mr. Beyer to the Metro Council that his work has been “met with resistance”, and a recent vote by the TARC board to block the efforts of Metro Council to investigate the allegations.  

GOA has invited Deputy Mayor Ellen Hesen, counsel for TARC Matthew Golden, interim TARC Co-Executive Directors Margaret Handmaker and Laura Douglas, and TARC Board Chair Mary Morrow to participate in Tuesday’s meeting and answer questions from the Committee about the delays Mr. Beyer has reported.

Deputy Mayor Hesen, Ms. Handmaker, Ms. Douglas, Ms. Morrow, and Mr. Golden have accepted the invitations to appear before the GOA.

This special meeting will be held as a video teleconference pursuant to KRS 61.826 and Senate Bill 150. Members have the option of participating virtually from remote locations, or in person from the Metro Council Chambers on the third floor of Historic City Hall, 601 West Jefferson Street.

Under a declaration issued by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness to slow the spread of COVID-19, public access to Historic City Hall has been limited.  In collaboration with the President’s Office, the City Hall entrance on 6th Street is locked with limited building access. A sign is posted on the door to call the on-duty security guard desk for approved entry.

As a result of, and in accordance with, this directive, the Louisville Metro Council’s Committee meetings will be open to the public through remote access only. 

The public may watch the proceedings live on Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184 or on UVERSE at Channel 99.  Proceedings may also be streamed live from the Metro Council Clerk’s Archived Media page at http://louisville.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2

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