Nash to take leave of absence after settlement reached with city

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- The Bowling Green Board of Ethics has accepted a settlement between City Commissioner Brian “Slim” Nash and a Special Counsel, who was hired to investigate ethics complaints against him.

As part of that settlement, Nash will take a voluntary four week leave of absence from all official duties as commissioner.

He will take the money he receives from those four weeks and donate it to a substance abuse recovery center.

Nash will also participate in the city’s Employee Assistance Program.

Nash, nor his attorney Alan Simpson were present at Tuesday’s board of ethics meeting.

Nash will take his leave of absence on November 4. Under the settlement, he must give the substance abuse recovery center the money before December 31.

Earlier this month, a report issued by a Special Counsel to investigate ethics complaints into Nash said the elected leader did violate the city’s ethics policies, but he did not use or attempt to use his official position to secure special privileges.

Last May, Nash was arrested and charged with public intoxication following a concert at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center. Nash later pleaded guilty in court.