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Kenton County Grand Jury indicts former Bromley mayor ‘Donnie’ Jobe on public corruption charges

The Kenton County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against former Bromley mayor Donald Lee Jobe AKA Donnie Jobe.

Jobe is charged with Abuse of Public Trust (<$10,000), Tampering With Physical Evidence, four counts of Tampering With Public Records, Theft by Deception (>$500), Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition (>$500), and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card (>$500).

Jobe

Each of the offenses is alleged to have occurred between December 6, 2015 and February 7, 2017 while Jobe was serving as the elected mayor for the City of Bromley. Each of the counts also involves the alleged misuse of City of Bromley tax dollars, official records, or credit cards.

Kenton County Police executed search warrants on the Bromley City Building and Jobe’s personal residence on February 7, 2017.

Jobe resigned as Mayor in August 2017, but continued to serve as the city’s Fire Chief until he was arrested in October 2018 at which time he resigned from the fire department as well.

The City of Bromley (www.cityofbromley.com) is situated along the banks of the Ohio River on Kentucky’s Northern border between Ludlow and Villa Hills, and just West of Kenton County’s largest city, Covington.

In 2017 the city’s estimated population was only 798 but Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders said public corruption is more serious than an average theft case, even if the dollar amounts are the same.

“Our community deserves government we can trust no matter the size of the city,” Sanders said. ”No amount of restitution can pay for the erosion of the public’s faith in its government.”

The Abuse of Public Trust charge is a Class C felony punishable by five to ten years in prison. Each of the other charges is a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison.

Kentucky law caps the maximum punishment for Class C and D felonies at twenty years in prison no matter how many counts for which a defendant is convicted. The attorney who previously represented Jobe prior to indictment has filed a motion asking the court to release him from his representation.

Jobe is scheduled to appear for arraignment before Kenton Circuit Judge Patricia Summe on January 14 at 9 a.m. in the Kenton County Justice Center’s Courtroom 6A.

An Indictment is a charge and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney

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