Metro Council Approves Resolutions Investigating TARC and Hires Legal Investigator

February 20, 2020

Louisville – The Louisville Metro Council approved resolutions initiating an investigation into TARC and retaining the professional services of Attorney David Beyer.  The Council’s Government Oversight and Audit Committee will begin an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.

“With sexual harassment charges made against the former director, the Metro Council believes it must use its powers to find out what went on and when was it reported” said Council President David James (D-6).  “We want to make sure all government employees work in a safe and harassment free environment. I want to thank the administration for reaching out to offer assistance and cooperation in these matters.”

Recent allegations have surfaced which led to the resignation of TARC’s Executive Director Ferdinand Risco. 

The Mayor’s Office named civic leaders Laura Douglas and Margaret Handmaker as interim co-executive directors until a permanent replacement is named. 

“In 2017 the Kentucky General Assembly granted the Metro Council the authority to investigate abuses of the public trust as well as gain access to materials needed to properly investigate Metro agencies and activities. The significant publicly documented evidence and multiple accusations related to a hostile workplace at TARC  demands a Metro Council investigation,” said Councilman Anthony Piagentini (District 19). “No person should be forced to work in a hostile workplace, and the Metro Council must take the steps necessary to address these many concerns so that we can restore a safe workplace for all.”

To see R-033-20, An emergency Resolution to initiate an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and other misconduct at TARC go to:

To see R-034-20, An emergency Resolution to retain the professional services of David Beyer to assist with the investigation adopted in Resolution R-033-20 go to: