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Mount Vernon mayor arrested again

The mayor of Mount Vernon, charged last December with several felonies, has been arrested again, this time on charges of retaliating against witnesses.

State police charged Clarice Kirby on Wednesday with four counts of retaliating against a participant in a legal process.

Kirby, 58, became confrontational with employees at city hall, according to a citation issued by Trooper First Class Darren Allen, who went to the office to investigate.

One employee said Kirby had questioned her about her involvement in the earlier criminal case and, when she wouldn't answer questions, said she was not loyal.

Kirby "also stated to the office staff that she would not allow them to receive their pay raises because of their lack of loyalty," the citation said.

Allen arrested Kirby shortly after noon.

After that, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jeremy A. Bartley filed a motion seeking to revoke Kirby's bond on the earlier charges. Conditions of her release included that she have no contact with co-defendants or potential witnesses and not violate any laws, according to the motion.

Circuit Judge David A. Tapp ordered Kirby be held without bond pending a hearing. She was being held in the Rockcastle County Jail, an official there said.

Tapp also ordered Kirby to be tested to see if she was on drugs.

Kirby's attorney, Jerry Cox, was not available for comment Wednesday afternoon.

In December, Kirby was charged with taking a bribe, committing fraudulent insurance acts, official misconduct and two counts of abuse of public trust.

The charges stemmed from an allegation that Kirby provided alcohol to a jail inmate who was on work release and accepted money from the woman. The female inmate did not say why the mayor bought her alcohol, Jailer James Miller has said.

The inmate also made accusations of other illegal activity involving the mayor, Miller said, and he notified police.

The charges that Kirby abused public trust allege that she illegally used city money or property as her own, valued at more than $10,000 in one case and less than $10,000 in another.

The charges relate to an incident in which city employees allegedly used city equipment to clean up a burned house in Garrard County and were paid by the city for that time, state police Lt. Todd Dalton said in December.

Kirby was scheduled to plead guilty next week in that earlier case.

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