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Councilman Jim King re-elected Louisville Metro Council President for 2013

Monday January 7, 2013

For Immediate Release
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville-- By a unanimous vote of 26 to 0, Councilman Jim King (D-10) was reelected President of the Louisville Metro Council for 2013 during its Organizational Session on Monday, January 7th.

“Thank you colleagues, I am honored by your confidence and support in re-electing me as your President of the Metro Council,” said King.” It is a distinct privilege and I am very proud to be able to serve not only my district but to serve each of you as well and I thank you.”

The President praised the Council for its handling this past year of a $20 million budget shortfall avoiding layoffs of employees and the cutting of services. He highlighted the Council’s work with vacant property, the Landmarks ordinance and the firefighter settlement as examples of both sides working together.

He laid out a series of challenges that lie in the year ahead.

“In 2013, we will be looking for solutions to reopen Kentucky Kingdom; continuing to improve transparency through continued study and revisions to our policy and procedures; finding solutions for maintaining and reducing vacant properties; issuing bonds for a new southwest regional library, finding more money for paving our streets, addressing the ongoing demands of funding our CERS and meeting further fiscal challenges as we approach the upcoming 2014 fiscal budget,” said the President.

King is the first member of the Metro Council to be elected President four times in the life of the Metro Council. He was first elected to the position in 2008. Prior to that, he served two years as Majority Leader of the Democratic Caucus. In 2009 and 2010, he was Chairman of the Council’s Budget Committee. King was elected to the Metro Council in 2004. He was reelected again in 2008 and 2012.

H. Stephen Ott was elected as the new Metro Council Clerk by a vote of 26 to 0. Mr. Ott follows Kathleen Herron who is retiring at the end of January. She has held that position since the first Metro Council went into operation in 2003. Previously, she was the Clerk of the Louisville Board of Alderman prior to merger.

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