Mount Vernon mayor out of jail on bond

Mount Vernon Mayor Clarice Kirby, who faces bribery and fraud charges, was released on bond from the Rockcastle County detention center Saturday.

Kirby was arrested late Friday after a day-long search by police. A grand jury indicted Kirby on charges of bribery of a public servant, committing fraudulent insurance acts, official misconduct and two counts of abuse of public trust.

By Saturday she made the $35,000 bond, said Nathan Carter, deputy jailer.

The charges stem from allegations that Kirby, 57, gave alcohol to a jail inmate on work release in exchange for money. Kirby has denied that, but an investigation into the episode uncovered other problems, police said.

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