Mt. Vernon Mayor Arrested for Rock Fight

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

A small-town mayor was taken to jail on Tuesday morning. Police say she abused her power.

They charged Clarice Kirby, the mayor of Mt. Vernon in Rockcastle County, with official misconduct. It all stems from an argument over rocks.

Superintendent Larry Hammond with Rockcastle County Schools says he wanted the rocks from a wall that was being demolished to make room for a new sidewalk.

Hammond says he used to own the property and asked the new owner if he could take the rocks. The owner agreed.

But Hammond says before he could get the rocks, Mayor Kirby had city workers take the rocks and dump them at a property she owned instead.

Hammond says he confronted Kirby last week about this and left that conversation with the impression that she was going to return the rocks to his home.

Hammond says instead of doing that, Kirby instructed city workers to take the rocks and dump them at Lake Linville with other construction debris. She denied that she ever made those orders.

Kirby could not be reached for comment. She's due in court on October 20th to answer to the charge against her.

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  • by lucy dale Location: kentucky on Oct 27, 2008 at 11:30 AM
    we love clarice kirby! people who know the real story know that she puts the "awe" in awesome.
  • by c Location: Dig um out on Oct 1, 2008 at 07:41 PM
    I think she should have to remove the rock the same way they were dumped load them up bring themback to the right place by herself
  • by james Location: mt vernon on Sep 25, 2008 at 07:10 PM
    And people wonder why people move out of here as fast as they graduate. This is really red neck
  • by k Location: pike on Sep 25, 2008 at 08:26 AM
    good ol ky elected officals...
  • by Need a new Mayor Location: Mount Vernon on Sep 24, 2008 at 10:31 AM
    Not only does she need to be fined for the dumping of the rocks, but they should make her clean the rocks out of the lake.
  • by Clean It Up Location: Rockcastle on Sep 24, 2008 at 05:58 AM
    Let me ask this...Are rocks more important than the dozen or more lives she endangered by running over fire hoses at a working fire scene just 4 months ago? Also, if the rocks were dumped in Lake Linville, isn't that where Mt. Vernon gets their water? Why contaminate the water supply? Corruption at its best!
  • by Detailman Location: Mt. Vernon on Sep 24, 2008 at 05:32 AM
    She deserves al that she is getting. The city council under her guidance vote to increase the occupational taxes for the city to get "things to look good" I think that she should be removed from office and have the cities tax increase repealed. I f the city council had any guts they would take care of this situation. I know alot of them are up for relection. This make our community look like a podunk hillbilly village when it is really a great place with 4 great schools, look at the test scores. At least something good is going on!
  • by Ernest T Bass Location: Mayberry on Sep 24, 2008 at 01:35 AM
    I like to see those rocks fer myself.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 23, 2008 at 10:53 PM
    one word...RIDICULOUS!
  • by Finally.... Location: Mt. Vernon on Sep 23, 2008 at 09:43 PM
    Time for Jerry Pensol should have happened last election.
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