Supreme Court removes J.S. Flynn from office

Mar. 14—The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Thursday to officially remove Pulaski County Circuit Court Clerk J.S. Flynn from his office.

Flynn had been on paid leave since March 2022 after complaints were filed against him. A three-day evidentiary hearing was conducted in May 2023, after which a special commissioner recommended that Flynn be removed from office.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court published its opinion, in which it determined that Flynn created a hostile work environment and that there was cause to remove Flynn from office.

The Supreme Court concluded: "While we acknowledge the gravity of removal of an elected official from office, and the severity of such a sanction, we nonetheless find removal warranted here. As such, we hereby remove Flynn from the office of the Pulaski Circuit Court Clerk for the remainder of his term. The Office of the Pulaski Circuit Court Clerk is declared vacant."

This is a developing story. The Commonwealth Journal will provide more information in its Friday edition.

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