Kentucky State Police have reopened an investigation into documents that were shredded by former Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman.
The Courier-Journal reports police made the decision after the newspaper reported last week that investigators seized Sherman's computer during the probe but never examined its contents. Police said in May that they had finished the investigation and found no evidence that any laws were violate
State police spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb told the newspaper that reopening the case and examining the computer files "will either reinforce that there's nothing on the computer, or it will find something of importance." The documents were shredded last September, two days after Sherman resigned.
His departure came after his office investigated sexual harassment complaints against a former state lawmaker.
An investigation into the shredding of documents last year by the former director of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission has concluded that no wrongdoing took place. Kentucky State Police spokesman Paul Blanton tells the Herald-Leader that no criminal act was found and that the case, in his words, “is closed”.
The investigation surrounded Bobby Sherman who returned to his office at the capitol last fall and destroyed documents just two days after he resigned.
Lawyers for two legislative staffers who brought sexual harassment allegations against former State Rep. John Arnold asked for the investigation. They feared papers related to the case may have been among those destroyed.
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.