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The Mayor of West Buechel - A Troubled Reign

When Rick Richards took office as Mayor of West Buechel, Kentucky on January 1, 2015, he did so with the hopes and expectations of many that he would be an improvement upon the authoritarian tax hungry favortism of his immediate predicessor, former Mayor Sharon Fowler. Twenty months later, however, it is obvious that Rick Richards is a huge disappointment and easily ten time worse than former Mayor Fowler.

Watchdog posts:

West Buechel's Felon for Mayor

West Buechel: Flimflam part I - Slick Rick

West Buechel Mayor's Financial Problems

Gross negligence

West Buechel's Cash Hemorrhage

West Buechel - Split Decision

Former West Buechel Treasurer arrested for theft

West Buechel accountability update

Fox wins Open Records suit against West Buechel

West Buechel Late Pay Update

West Buechel: State Suspends Road Aid Payments

West Buechel Mayor skirts bid laws

West Buechel: The Cop Who Wasn't There


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Accountability - Sometimes you need a lawyer

Our interconnnected legal institutions have a unified focus to hold individuals accountable within a system of laws. Although individuals are permitted to stand up for themselves without the assistance of a lawyer, in most situation self-representaion is a very bad idea. Don't do it unless there is no other option.

Finding the right lawyer to attend to your legal problem is not easy. Paying for the right lawyer is not easy either. Lawyer are expensive. In certain types of cases, low income individuals my qualify for assistance from Kentucky's regional network of legal aid providers. Each legal aid provider has a different focus and limits, so you must contact the office serving your location to discuss your issues. They may be able to help, or they might not. You must ask to find out.

Legal Aid Network of Kentucky - Regional legal aid providers


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Accountability - Playing by the Rules

There are not many aspects of modern Twenty-first Century life in America that allow one to do just as you like, the way you like it and to disregard the legitimate interests of others. The rules of modern life are the laws we have made, and there are a lot of them.

There are state statutes, administrative regulations, rules, policies, inspectors, building codes, rules of professional ethics, ordinances, orders, occupational licensing, competency examinations, insurance requirements, permits, complaints, enforcement proceedings, fines and penalties.

There are police, prosecutors, arrests, courts, judges, advocates, lawyers, jailers, constables, sheriffs, process servers, bail bonds, juries, depositions, affidavits, incarceration, trials, hearings, appeals, notices, subpoenas and an occasional execution.

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Kentucky's Byzantine System of Ghost Governments

In November, 2012, Kentucky's Auditior of Public Accounts issued the first-ever attempt to document Kentucky's more than 1,200 Special Districts. The report, Ghost Government: A Report on Special Districts in Kentucky, outlines the problem.

Special Districts are a form of local government that provides the people of Kentucky with several critical services including fire protection, water, library, soil conservation and more. The issues are that those who operate these various special districts are not elected and they function with only minimal supervision or external control. The Auditor's report states:

". . . . there is a difference between the districts themselves and the scandalous lack of system-wide oversight of them. Their work is critical to the communities they serve, their members put in considerable hours on a voluntary basis and the vast majority are honest stewards of the tax dollars. . . While most districts operate honestly, the status quo makes no meaningful distinction between this majority and the minority who engage in waste, fraud, and abuse"