Office of the Attorney General
Former Vicco Mayor And Commissioner Sentenced In Official Misconduct Case
Attorney General Jack Conway and his Department of Criminal Investigations announce that Harry Ward, the former mayor of the city of Vicco in Perry County, and his son, Gary Ward, a former city commissioner, have each entered an Alford Plea to a charge of official misconduct first degree, a Class A misdemeanor.
The Office of the Attorney General began investigating the case at the request of Kentucky State Police in 2004 after a complaint from a local bank involving unauthorized transfers of city funds. Investigators discovered that while in office both Harry and Gary Ward had been using city funds for their own benefit. Gary Ward had also falsified bills to the Vicco city attorney and wrote several hundred dollars in cold checks into the city’s petty cash fund.
Perry Circuit Court Judge William Engle has sentenced Harry Ward, who had been serving on the Vicco City Commission, to 12 months in the county jail probated for 24 months or until restitution is paid to the city of Vicco in the amount of $10,750. Engle sentenced Gary Ward to 12 months in the county jail probated for 24 months or until restitution of $17,248 is made to the city.
At the request of local officials, Harry Ward has resigned from the Vicco City Commission.