Thursday, May 17, 2001

Town can't decide on mayor, so governor will

The Associated Press

        SOUTH SHORE, Ky. — City commissioners can't agree on choosing a new mayor so the decision now will go to the governor.

        Commissioners met Tuesday, but not a word was uttered on the selection, despite a handful of residents who stood outside the city building to support commissioner Julie Bentley for the post.

        Ms. Bentley was one of two nominated for the post last month, the other was mayor pro-tem Mike Ratliff. The commission deadlocked with 2-2 vote.

        Resident John Lyons said he plans to send a petition signed by South Shore residents supporting an appointment for Ms. Bentley to the governor's office.

        Commissioners said they are content to let Gov. Paul Patton handle the decision. State law calls for the governor to appoint a mayor if the post is not filled within 30 days after the vacancy occurs.

        “We'll let the chips fall where they may,” said Mr. Ratliff, the top vote-getter in last year's city commission race.

        Ms. Bentley echoed Mr. Ratliff's sentiments about the mayor search.

        Mr. Ratliff took over as mayor pro-tem in March after the resignation of Clyde Callihan.


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