An ethics board has charged former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer with 42 counts of ethics violations, the most charges ever filed against a single individual in the commission’s history. The Executive Branch Ethics Commission held a closed-session in Frankfort Monday morning to decide whether Farmer would face sanctions for accusations of mishandling money and power. Shortly after 1 p.m., it was announced that Farmer would face the charges.
A scathing audit released last spring claimed Farmer created a “toxic culture of entitlement” while he served as Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner.
The personnel board found Farmer didn’t follow the law when hiring two top-level employees.