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Ousted Lancaster mayor gets job back after ruling

LANCASTER, Ky. (WKYT) - Brenda Powers will once again be the mayor of Lancaster.

Last November, the Lancaster city council voted to remove Mayor Brenda Powers from office. The unanimous vote came after a public hearing, in which two city workers said Powers created a hostile work environment. An argument between Powers and city clerk Shari Lane was caught on surveillance camera.

Days after the vote, city council member Chris Davis was appointed by the council to serve the rest of Powers' term.

Powers took the city to court over that move. Her lawyer argued that her behavior did not meet the requirements for official misconduct. Garrard Circuit judge Hunter Daugherty agreed on Friday and said Powers should get her job back.

Powers says she expects to work with the people who voted her out.

"You know, I don't really feel hard towards any of them. And I don't know why, I guess the Lord's took that anger and stuff that I should feel, but I just don't feel that way. I've watched those people grow up. They're my friends. The only thing is, I hope this time they will come to my office and talk to me," said Powers.

While the judge ruled in her favor powers won't officially be back in office until the judge signs an order. Her attorney says he hopes to have that order ready at the beginning of next week.

Powers has already filed paperwork to run for re-election once her current term is up.


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