- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Attorney General Andy Beshear has fired an investigator who is accused of giving false testimony that prompted Gov. Matt Bevin to call Beshear’s office an embarrassment.

Holly McCoy-Johnson, the head of administrative services for Beshear, sent a letter to David Wilburs saying his termination was effective Tuesday.

“As you may be required to testify before grand juries and courts, your demonstrated failures to be truthful show that you cannot perform the minimum requirement of your job duties,” wrote McCoy-Johnson. “An investigator who has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of attention to detail and misrepresentation of information cannot be effective or entrusted to represent the Office of the Attorney General .”

The Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/2j1xkYC) cited records from an internal investigation in reporting Wilburs’ actions led to the dismissal of at least two criminal cases and an accusation of misconduct in another case.

Wilburs, who made $43,376 annually, was placed on administrative leave without pay on December 28th.

He was hired in 2007 under former Attorney General Jack Conway after serving in the Georgetown Police Department for about 20 years.

A spokesman for Beshear declined to comment. The newspaper reported it couldn’t reach Wilburs’ attorney, Stephen Wolnitzek, for comment on Monday.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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