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Library, Former CEO Wrangle Over Pay

Kathleen Imhoff was fired in 2009 after the Lexington Herald-Leader uncovered questionable spending under her leadership.

But the former Lexington Public Library CEO and the library remain locked in a legal battle over pay, along with allegations of discrimination and defamation.

Imhoff was awarded more than $925,000 by an arbitration panel last year, but a Fayette Circuit Court judge has reduced that amount considerably.

In her suit against the library in 2010, Imhoff alleged that her dismissal was a violation of her contract. Arbitrators agreed and awarded her the money last May. But Judge Thomas Clark has lowered the amount to $256,940 for the remaining two years of her contract.

Both parties have appealed the ruling.

The 2009 Herald-Leader report detailed more than $134,000 the former CEO spent on travel, meals, and other items over the course of five years. Imhoff has defended the spending as proper.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.