Three of Kentucky’s legislative leaders are calling on all legislative leaders to meet this week and discuss who will head the Legislative Research Commission going forward. The LRC’s director Bobby Sherman resigned recently in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against a former lawmaker.
A letter sent Friday to all House and Senate leaders says there are two items that require immediate action. One is the “leadership vacuum” within the administrative staff of the LRC. The letter notes there are currently four people with the title of Deputy Director, none of whom have authority to take over for Bobby Sherman.
The letter also says the search needs to begin for a permanent successor, noting the LRC Director position is critical and will not be easy to fill. The last time the organization conducted a search was in 1998.
The letter, which calls for a meeting on Wednesday, is signed by Senate President Robert Stivers, Senate Minority Floor Leader R.J. Palmer, and House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover.
Legislative leaders want to meet to choose an interim replacement for Bobby Sherman, the former director of the Legislative Research Commission who resigned last week.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Friday that legislative leaders need to also lay the groundwork for a search for a permanent replacement.
Sherman quit abruptly last Friday, saying in a resignation letter that he had been considering doing so for a long while. He created a dustup on Sunday when he returned to his Capitol office to clean out his desk and in doing so shredded some documents.
Now, state police have decided to investigate the shredding to see if any laws were broken. The meeting has been called for 1:30 p.m. EDT next Wednesday in Capitol Annex Room 125.