Breathitt County Judge Executive still under fire

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BREATHITT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Breathitt County Judge Executive Jeff Noble is still the talk of the county.

He was indicted Monday morning for allegedly buying lumber with county money and giving it to a person in the county for personal use.

"We didn't have no clue, you know, he can spend up to $20,000 without court approval," said Breathitt County Magistrate Ray Moore.

Noble's lawyer, Derek Jorge Campbell says the lumber was going to a local person to fix a bridge on county property.

"This bridge in question was erected by the county, it has been continuously maintained by the county and since that is the case, the county has an obligation to ensure it remains as such," said Campbell.

Noble's bond was originally set at $250,000, but that has now been reduced. He also no longer has an active arrest warrant.

"It was a big difference you know. 250,000 cash down to 20,000 surety bond and no arrest to be made. I thought that was a big change," said Moore.

The fiscal court is coming forward with a Declaratory Judgment Action, after the court claims Noble did not follow the law on personnel issues and disregarded decisions the court made in meetings Noble did not attend.

Campbell claims Noble attended all meetings besides ones that were called improperly and the magistrates are overstepping their bounds.

"There is a misunderstanding on a lot of fronts as to the nature of executive functions and to the nature of legislative functions," said Campbell.

Noble is still on vacation with his family.

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