Jones Denies Conflict of Interest Allegations

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

With three weeks left until Election Day, the race for Bowling Green mayor has been focused on a conflict of interest allegation following Thursday's WBKO Mayoral Forum.

Challenger Elaine Walker says the relationship between Mayor Sandy Jones' company and Lifeskills Inc. creates a conflict of interest that should have precluded the mayor from voting on a controversial relocation land deal for Lifeskills.

Quality Personnel, owned by Mayor Jones, provides temp workers for companies including Lifeskills, but the mayor says it's only occasional clerical work.

Jones says there is no conflict of interest because her business doesn't receive any tax dollars from the relationship, and that the Lifeskills move wouldn't affect her bottom line either way.

Jones also revealed that the city has paid Walker's company almost $200,000 for video services over a period of years. Walker, however, says her company is paid $2,270 for each episode of "Spotlight on Bowling Green," and that she would give up that contract if elected.

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