Madison County

Garrard clerk case goes to prosecutor

The state Administrative Office of the Courts turned over the results of its internal investigation into the Garrard Circuit Court clerk's office to a Madison County prosecutor Thursday.

In a news release, the AOC said the matter has been turned over to Madison County Commonwealth's Attorney David Smith, who has "agreed to review the matter." Smith said that he did not have the investigative report in hand and so could not comment on it.

"I don't even know what I'm getting," he said.

AOC spokeswoman Leigh Anne Hiatt would not give any specifics about what the investigation found.

"Since it's gone to a commonwealth's attorney, I think you could assume there is something of concern there," Hiatt said.

Former clerk Jennifer Grubbs submitted a letter of retirement Dec. 31, during the investigation. Grubbs was temporarily suspended Dec. 17 by Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. pending the AOC investigation of possible official misconduct.

Earlier this week, Chief Circuit Judge Hunter Daugherty, who serves Garrard and Jessamine counties, appointed Dana Hensley to fill the vacancy created by Grubbs' retirement. Hensley was sworn in Tuesday by Daugherty.

Hensley has worked in the Garrard Circuit Court clerk's office since 2002 and became chief deputy clerk last year.

She will serve as the appointed circuit court clerk until the general election in 2010, when qualified residents may file as candidates for the seat. Circuit court clerks serve six-year terms.