Ethics board selects special counsel to investigate ethics claims against Nash

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Bowling Green Ethics Board appointed Paducah, Ky. attorney Stacey Blankenship as the special counsel to investigate ethics claims made against City Commissioner Brian “Slim” Nash following his arrest and guilty plea to public drunkenness.

The ethics board in an 8 a.m. meeting Wednesday morning selected an attorney from outside of the area to avoid any conflict of interest, they said during the meeting. Blankenship also has experience in municipal law.

She has 60 days to report her findings.

Following Nash’s May 28 guilty plea to alcohol intoxication in a public place, the Board of Ethics met later that day and voted unanimously to initiate a complaint process against him.

A Warren County Sheriff’s deputy arrested Nash May 23 after he left a concert at The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center downtown.

The city has received more than 20 ethics complaints against Nash with the majority of the complainants asking for Nash’s removal from office.

Nash’s attorney Alan Simpson said he hopes the outcome will be left up to the voters and not any other group of people.