A June ethics inquiry into allegations against Danville City Commissioners Ryan Owens and Chester Kavanaugh and Mayor John W.D. Bowling violated the Kentucky Open Meetings Act, the Attorney General's Office has ruled.
Danville Ethics Board Chairman Peter Bartuska said he believes it is a misunderstanding.
The complaint, filed by Owens' attorney Richard Clay of Danville, argued that the ethics board didn't publicize the hearing that "amounted to a trial of three members of the City Commission."
The Attorney General's Office ruled that Owens was an "interested party" and did not have to be notified, but the ethics board failed to notify its members in writing.
At the inquiry, Owens was issued three reprimands based on complaints from Danville Citizens for Good Government. The reprimands were based on the city's ethics code sections that address open and accessible government, principles of conduct and the city manager form of government.