Urban County Councilwoman Shevawn Akers will be placed in a diversion program for a misdemeanor involving signatures on documents she submitted to run in the Second District Council race, her attorney said Friday.
The case "did not merit prosecution," attorney Burl McCoy said Friday. He said the charge involved a technical mistake, and Akers would probably participate in community service.
Fayette County Attorney prosecutors who handled Akers' case were not in the office Friday afternoon.
"Today, I took responsibility for the mistake that I made," Akers said in a statement Friday after a hearing in Fayette District Court. "Like everyone, I am imperfect and I am truly sorry. I learned a valuable lesson, and assure you it will never happen again."
Akers was served a summons in May, citing her with "unsworn falsification to authorities," a Class B misdemeanor.
Candidates must turn in 100 signatures of people in their districts. The person who obtained the signatures is required to sign a form saying he or she obtained the signatures. There was a question about whether one of Akers' forms was signed by the appropriate person, officials said at the time.
In May, Akers issued a statement saying that she never intended to circumvent the electoral process.
On Friday, Akers said the charge will be dismissed once the requirements of the program are complete.
"I also hope to work with the County Clerk's office to revise the candidate petition so that future candidates won't inadvertently put themselves or their volunteers at risk," she said.
Akers is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 14 to show that she has completed the diversion program, McCoy said.