Department of Public Protection
Unlicensed Electrician Sentenced

Press Release Date:  Monday, December 17, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jim Carroll, 502-564-7760  

     A Wayne County man is behind bars for performing electrical work on a house in Monticello even though he did not hold a state electrician’s license.

     William Frank Gilliam was sentenced to one year in the Wayne County Jail after pleading guilty to a Class A misdemeanor in Wayne District Court on Nov. 28. He began serving the sentence shortly thereafter.

     State Fire Marshal Rodney Raby said the sentence should serve as a deterrent to would-be electricians.

     “We were alerted by the local utility of the substandard wiring performed when this house was being renovated,” Raby said. “We found numerous electrical code violations that put the homeowner at risk.”

      When the wiring failed inspection, the homeowner, Kari Wardell, of 327 Golden Pond Resort Road in Monticello, was forced to pay a licensed electrician to undue the substandard wiring and perform the work properly.

     Kentucky has about 18,000 licensed electricians whose work is overseen by the state Office of Housing, Buildings, and Construction. The agency is a part of the Department of Public Protection in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.