Councilwoman: Alcoholism leads to expletives

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Evansville city councilwoman is blaming her ongoing struggle with alcoholism for expletive-filled exchanges she’s had with other council members and her former campaign chairman, who filed a protective order against her with the Evansville Police Department.

Stephanie Brinkerhoff-Riley said she spent time in a rehabilitation center in 2012 and relapsed earlier this year.

“I regret the meanness of the messages. It’s a problem I have to address,” she told the Evansville Courier & Press.

Alex Jarvis, who managed Brinkerhoff-Riley’s 2011 campaign, said she told him in a Facebook posting he “needs a bullet. And that would be humane.” Jarvis describes Brinkerhoff-Riley as “a danger to herself, a danger to her community … I think this indicative of a pattern of behavior with her.”

City Council President John Friend said he had an email exchange with Brinkerhoff-Riley late Thursday, during which she used an expletive in calling him a criminal. That response came after Friend had emailed all City Council members about the state of various loans issued by the Department of Metropolitan Development.

Friend provided the newspaper copies of the email exchange and said he did so on the advice of County Attorney Scott Danks. Earlier, Friend played for reporters a May 12 voicemail from Brinkerhoff-Riley laden with expletives that led him to request additional security at the next few council meetings.

Brinkerhoff-Riley said she is she no threat to Jarvis and that she would never “act on anything.”

“I’ve never been accused of anything in the 26 years I have lived here. But the last few months and what it did to my life made it difficult to me what to do was required of my life, and to do it well,” she said.

Brinkerhoff-Riley was criticized for recording a confidential meeting in March between city government officials and the State Board of Accounts, leading State Examiner Paul Joyce to demand a police investigation. A special prosecutor decided that Brinkerhoff-Riley didn’t break state law.


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