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Madison County constable drawing criticism over Facebook shares

Posted at 6:06 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 18:39:14-04

RICHMOND, Ky. (LEX 18) — Madison County Constable Steven Kelly is drawing criticism over memes shared on his constable Facebook page.

Local city and county leaders say they've received calls from constituents concerned about the tone and racial insensitivity of the posts. Madison County Judge-Executive Reagan Taylor and Richmond Mayor Robert Blythe said Kelly's posts should have no reflection on those who are elected to serve people in Richmond and Madison County.

"We are elected to serve all, as I was just discussing with a friend, even those who don't vote for us but we're responsible to serve all the people and to serve them with respect," Mayor Blythe said.

Judge-Executive Taylor echoed the mayor's sentiments.

"There is no way his actions reflect on elected officials in Madison County. That should definitely not be the standard on the way citizens look at Madison County," Taylor said.

Kelly, according to his Facebook page, has served as an elected constable since 2011. He works independently from city and county governments.

LEX 18 tried repeatedly to reach Kelly for comment today, but he did not return our messages.