Friday March 5, 2004
Carol Butler, a Senior Assistant to Mayor Jerry Abramson and Director of Community Relations and Events for metro government, will retire from her staff position on May 1 to rejoin her husband as a partner in their family book publishing business, Butler Books.
Mike Maloney, who currently serves as Assistant Director of Community Relations and Events for the city, will succeed Butler as Director.
Butler and her husband Bill founded Butler Books in 1989. Since then, the company has published more than 300 illustrated and non-fiction books, many by local and regional authors.
Abramson has asked Butler to stay on as a volunteer Mayor's Liaison to two organizations - the University of Louisville and Sister Cities of Louisville. In her new role, Butler will represent Abramson in coordinating activities and developing new partnerships between both organizations and Louisville Metro government.
Butler has many years of experience working with UofL and Sister Cities. She worked as a Special Assistant to the President and Director of Special Events for the University of Louisville for four years between Abramson’s two administrations. She has been active with Sister Cities of Louisville since 1993 and served as the organization’s volunteer president before re-joining the Abramson’s staff in January of 2003. “Carol’s leadership and creativity have been a great asset to my administration and we’re going to miss her on our full-time staff very much,” Abramson said. “I understand that she needs to focus her considerable talent and energy on her family’s business right now, but I am happy she’s agreed to stay on as a Mayor’s Liaison.”
“I have worked with Mayor Abramson off and on for 25 years, first in the governor’s office, then twice in city government,” Butler said. “It’s been an honor, and I have loved every minute of it. Our family book publishing business is expanding and needs my attention right now, but I’m looking forward to serving as Mayor’s Liaison to two organizations I care very much about, UofL and Sister Cities.”
In her role as the city’s chief events official since January of 2003, Butler has designed and directed community-wide events like the inauguration of the Mayor and Metro Council, Light Up Louisville, the annual New Year’s Eve celebration, Abramson’s Community Conversations and his Music in the Metro concert series.
Butler will be the first woman to be appointed a Mayor's Liaison. She will join four other Mayor's Liaisons serving as volunteer ambassadors for metro government in areas of special interest:
· Kent Oyler - for entrepreneurial development · Dr. Dan Ash - for workforce development and education
· Don Parkinson - for the arts
· Stan Curtis - for suburban cities