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Councilman Brent T. Ackerson proposes changes to term limits for Louisville’s Metro Mayor

Sunday October 11, 2009

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisvillee Metro COuncil
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

In 2010, voters in Metro Louisville will elect a new Mayor to run the government of Louisville-Jefferson County Metro. One Metro Councilman believes the time has come to review and change the number of consecutive years any one person can hold the office.

“Next year, we face a new start in leadership for whoever is elected mayor,” said Councilman Brent T. Ackerson (D-26). “Now is the time for a review of term limits for the chief executive as a way of better government.”

In a news conference on Friday, Ackerson proposed a resolution asking the General Assembly in Frankfort to amend the Merger law and reduced the number of allowable consecutive terms from three terms to two.

“With this change, Louisville will follow the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Ackerson. “The state’s highest elected officials from the Governor on down can only serve two consecutive terms. This move guarantees new ideas, new vision, and new leadership.”

Ackerson says his proposal is no reflection on any current office holder. Rather, with a new mayor elected in November of 2010, there will be time for consideration by lawmakers in Frankfort and if approved the change could go into effect as the new mayor takes office.

The resolution addresses a section of Chapter 67C of the Kentucky Revised Statutes which created the merged government of the former City of Louisville and the Fiscal Court of Jefferson County. Voters approved merger in November of 2000.

“We have not had any changes proposed in the Merger law since the new government began operation in January 2003,” said Ackerson. “It is my hope that this change may start a discussion of other areas where our Merger law may need to be reviewed and if needed, changed for better efficiency in government.”

The resolution will be filed with the Metro Council Clerk’s Office next week. It will be assigned to a committee by the Council’s Committee on Committee’s for further review.

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