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Tom Owen elected 2010 Metro Council President

Thursday January 7, 2010

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt : 574-4137/526-3622
             Stephen Haag : 574-1204/645-1752

Metro Councilman Tom Owen (D-8) has been elected to serve as Council President for 2010 following a vote on Thursday night by a vote of 15 to 10.

“I am grateful for your confidence in my skills to effectively lead Louisville’s Metro Council,” Owen told members. “I have served as an elected official in local government sixteen of the last twenty years and we are all trusting that those years of testing will abound to the benefit of this Council and City.”

Owen was first elected to the Louisville Metro Council in 2002 as one of its founding members representing District 8. He was re-elected in 2004 and in 2004. He was also a former member of the Louisville Board of Aldermen from 1990 to 1998.

“Buffeted by revenue shortfalls, unsettled by anticipated changes in the Metro mayoral leadership, and engaged in the tough work of putting flesh on the bones of our merged government, 2010 will be a unique and challenging year!”

The new President said his priorities for the coming year:

1. Patience in listening to the concerns of Council Members with regard to their goals and concerns for the city

2. An determined effort to shorten the distance between the Mayor’s Office and the Council Chambers with regard to cooperation

3. A better understanding of the problems and concerns of people who live in all 26 districts. The effort will include an early visit by Owen to Each Council Member in their district. He will arrive by Bicycle, bus or on foot.

4. And an effort of what the President calls “Heads up!” In a year of mayoral campaigning, there will be an encouragement of rigorous debate but discouragement of gotcha politics, surprise attacks and personal vendettas

Owen, a U of L Archivist and Louisville Historian, chaired the Planning/Zoning & Land Development and Designed committee from 2008 to 2009. In 2009, he was Vice Chair of the transportation and Public Works Committee and was also a member of the Labor and Economic Development Committee.

“To this Citizens of Metro Louisville, This Council pledges our attention and interest in those concerns that touch your community life,” said Owen.

Sponsor:
Tom Owen (D) 8