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October 10, 2013

City bids radio service

City Attorney asks state ethics board to review for compliance

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The London City Council met Monday night to address concerns of unethical practices between the city and London Radio Service Inc.

During the meeting, City Attorney Larry Bryson addressed the council with ethical concerns brought to light by open records by WLEX and the Sentinel-Echo.

“This relationship between London Radio Service and the City has existed before (Chief) Stewart (Walker) was an employee of the city,” Bryson said.  “So it’s a relationship that has existed for many years.  But after the ethics policy was passed, certain requirements were made.  Stewart, I understand, as any employee or officer of the city is required to, has filed a disclosure so there’s been no concealment of this relationship.”

Bryson explained that the WLEX reporter didn't question the payments to London Radio Service Inc., but rather the ethics of the relationship.

London Radio Service is currently on the state bid list. Bryson stated by purchasing from the state bid list, it allows the city to purchase bulk items at a lower price.

“By doing that, there’s some assurance, because of the large volume, they can get the best bid. This is not unusual.  A lot of school districts go off the state bid list or coops they participate in,” he said.

Bryson noted the relationship between the city pre-existed Walker becoming chief of police, and was awarded after competitive bidding through the state bid list.

However, Bryson feels that perhaps legally the city should bid the equipment in order to assure the public that the city is acting in their best interest.

“After looking at this, I think this is something that’s been an oversight,” he continued.

As suggested by Bryson, the relationship between the city and London Radio Service and Walker’s personal interest in the contract was publicly disclosed and noted in the meeting minutes. 

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