Paducah Board of Commissioners approve resolution charging Guess with misconduct

The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a resolution tonight charging a fellow commissioner with misconduct
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 9:47 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2022 at 9:44 PM CST
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PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Thursday night, December 15 charging a fellow commissioner with misconduct regarding a series of text messages that had “racial overtones.”

After hearing comments from the public and commissioners, the board met for nearly an hour and half in closed session.

According to a release from the city, the board returned to open session and Mayor George Bray stated the board asked Commissioner David Guess to resign, which he declined.

The board then approved a resolution charging Commissioner Guess with misconduct.

The city said Guess is entitled to a full public hearing before the Board of Commissioners.

That meeting has not been scheduled yet.

According to the city, the text messages, sent by Guess to a city employee on November 8, were in reference to employees removing political signs from city-owned property. The placement of the signs violated the city’s sign ordinance.

Paducah Mayor George Bray previously expressed concern over the texts.

The city released the photo shown below of the text message exchange.

The City of Paducah released this photo they say shows racial overtones in a series of text...
The City of Paducah released this photo they say shows racial overtones in a series of text messages between Commissioner David Guess and a city employee.(Source: City of Paducah)

Dujuan Thomas, an African-American, was a candidate for Paducah City commissioner.

“The Board of Commissioners believes that any sort of language with racial overtones such as this has no place in our society or with this Commission,” the mayor said.

He stated minority inclusion is a city priority and commissioner undergo diversity, equity and inclusion training.

Thomas also reacted to the text messages.

In an email he said, “This is both sick and sad.”

To view the resolution and its attachments, in addition to the signed request for Commissioner Guess’s resignation, you can find it on the City of Paducah website.