Press Release from Union County Attorney, Brucie W. Moore.
March 2nd, 2017
Here is the Press release from Union County Attorney Brucie W. Moore.
Various media outlets reported that Jason Habermel, the individual that sold stolen equipment
to the Union County Fiscal Court was sentenced in Federal Court on February 28,2017. The media also
reported that Jason Habermel gave statements that implicated County Judge Executive Jody Jenkins and
County Clerk, Trey Peak.
Many citizens are asking the legitimate question of what happens next. The criminal
investigation is being conducted by law enforcement agencies outside of Union County and this press
release is not written as a comment on that investigation or what will happen, what might happen, or
when it might happen.
This statement is written to inform the citizens as to the state of the law in Kentucky as it relates
to the removal of elected officials from public office.
In Kentucky, an elected officeholder is disqualified from serving upon conviction of a felony.
Until the public officeholder is convicted of a felony and exhausted all appellate procedures the office
does not become vacant. See: Ky. Constitution § ISO, Attorney General Opinion 78-838, KRS 61.010,
and other related legal authorities.
In short, even if an elected officeholder is indicted the elected position is not vacated unless and
until an officeholder is convicted and exhausted the appellate process or enters a plea of guiltv.
As a prosecutor and citizen of this county, I respect the law and the presumption that all
individuals accused are innocent until proven guilty. If these allegations are true I, along with all the
citizens of our community, will be disappointed and feel betrayed.