UPDATE: Special Counsel files report on Nash ethics complaints

UPDATE: WNKY has received the Special Counsel’s report on the Nash ethics complaints. You can read it below.

A report issued by a Special Counsel to investigate ethics complaints into City Commissioner Brian “Slim” 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.

The report, written by Paducah attorney Stacey Blankenship, was made public Thursday morning, several hours after she filed the document with the Bowling Green Board of Ethics.

The report includes a number of witness statements, photos and video.

According to the report, Nash admitted that he failed to maintain his conduct to the highest standards and engaged in conduct that was a violation of state law.

The report also mentions that Nash did not identify himself as a city commissioner during the events on May 23, 2019, when he was arrested outside of the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center for public intoxication.

The city received 24 ethics complaints from members of the community following Nash’s arrest, his second in about six years for incidents involving alcohol.

On October 15, Blankenship will meet with Nash and his attorney, Alan Simpson, to discuss a potential settlement.
It will then be up to the ethics board to make a recommendation on how to move forward with the issue. The ethics board can recommend a reprimand, monetary fine or removal from office, which would require a vote by the City Commission.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- An attorney hired by the City of Bowling Green to investigate ethics complaints made against Commissioner Brian Nash handed over her report to the Bowling Green Board of Ethics on Wednesday afternoon.

Stacey Blankenships’s report is now being reviewed and will be made public Thursday morning. Blankenship met with board members behind closed doors for about an hour, according to Bowling Green City Clerk Ashley Jackson.

On October 15, Blankenship will meet with Nash and his attorney, Alan Simpson, to discuss a potential settlement.

It will then be up to the Ethics Board to make a recommendation on how the issue moves forward. The Ethics Board can recommend a reprimand, fine or removal from office, which would require a vote by the City Commission.

Nash was arrested last May and charged with public intoxication. He pleaded guilty in court.