LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In a historic move, Metro Council voted to pass a no confidence resolution against Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer (D). The resolution passed in a 22 to 4 vote late Thursday night.
What You Need To Know
- Metro Council passes no confidence resolution against Fischer
- Resolution passes 22 to 4
- GOP Caucus filed resolution weeks ago
- Resolution includes steps for Fischer to win back trust
It was the GOP Caucus that first filed the resolution weeks ago. Fischer then called it a partisan tactic; however, the overwhelming majority vote Thursday seems to show differently. Democrats offered an amendment to the resolution, which also passed. The amendment lays out steps for Fischer to take to restore the Council's trust in him, rather than encouraging the mayor's resignation.
Of the four members who voted against the no confidence resolution was Councilman Bill Hollander (D-District 9).
"I think this whole exercise puts us very much outside of our lane, and I think that's extremely important for the future relationship of Council and any mayor," said Hollander.
Councilwoman Donna Purvis (D-District 5) voted in favor of the resolution.
"I think that we just want [Fischer's] people to do their job. We want equity amongst the whole entire city. I want District 5 to be clean like I see District 9 being clean," said Purvis.
That amendment details steps the mayor should take, including addressing issues like police policy and social inequality, promoting homeownership without displacement, reducing property taxes in areas at risk for gentrification, working with the attorney general to ensure findings in the death of Breonna Taylor are given to the public after the investigation concludes, completing the 'top-to-bottom' review of LMPD and finalizing the contract with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) by the end of December, and more.
Fischer responded to the vote with a video posted to Twitter. He said that, "With the benefit of hindsight, I see that given the choice of two difficult paths, I've sometimes taken the wrong one."