Public officials scrutinized in Hodgenville

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Mayor, school superintendent discussed at separate meetings

By Ben Sheroan

The Hodgenville City Council voted Monday to conduct a public hearing next month to consider removing the mayor from office. Meanwhile, across town, the LaRue County School Board considered the fate of Superintendent Sam Sanders.

The council heard an extensive summary of criminal allegations against Mayor Terry Cruse and City Clerk MaDonna Hornback at Monday's meeting.

The council then decided to call a formal public hearing as a prelude to considering the mayor's removal from office. The hearing is at 7 p.m. May 1 at City Hall.

Accusations of misuse of city gas credit cards were documented with receipts and videotape images captured at Circle K in Hodgenville. Cruse and Hornback face criminal charges related to the Kentucky State Police investigation.

Charges mentioned Monday also outlined unauthorized pay increases for the mayor and clerk, unjustified mileage reimbursements and violations of the city's nepotism policy for hiring their sons to work at the water plant.

The school board spent two hours in closed session discussing its response to a driving under the influence charge filed against Sanders last month. He was arrested shortly after midnight near his home. The police report said he was driving a vehicle owned by the school district.

After returning to open session, the board voted to suspend Sanders for 30 days. Amanda Reed will serve as acting superintendent.

See Tuesday's print edition for additional details.