FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - An Owensboro attorney has been appointed to serve on the Executive Branch Ethics Commission.
K. Timothy Kline replaces W. David Denton of Paducah, whose term expired Friday.
Kline's appointment comes just days ahead of the commission's next meeting, scheduled for Monday in Frankfort.
Kathryn Gabhart, the commission’s executive director, said members will meet in closed session to review all complaints it has received since its last meeting. Those could include complaints filed by Common Cause of Kentucky and a Democratic state representative alleging that Republican Gov. Matt Bevin violated ethics laws by buying a house from a supporter.
Two Kentucky newspapers have been sharply critical of of the real estate deal.
Bevin spokeswoman Amanda Stamper has called the complaints frivolous and politically motivated, and she said the complainants should be aware of the penalties for perjury and making false ethics violation claims.
Gabhart said the commission will consider whether the attorney general’s office can investigate the home purchase without it being a conflict of interest.
Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear, who has filed at least four lawsuits against Bevin since he took office, has been sharply critical of the governor.
“I anticipate the commission will issue an advisory opinion at the end for the meeting,” Gabhart said.
Bevin has appointed three members to the commission since he took office. Two members were appointed by former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, father of the attorney general.