Monday evening, Louisville’s 26-member Metro Council convened for its first 2012 meeting, and elected its officers for the year. Councilman Jim King (D-10) was reelected president, for the second year in a row. King was the only councilman nominated for president, and received 24 votes. Republicans Kevin Kramer and Ken Fleming voted “present.”
“I want to thank the members of this Council for their support. I am proud to say we are entering our tenth year as a Metro Government and as a Council and we have clearly matured as an institution. We have learned to work together to make our city all it can be,” said King. “I’m grateful for the cooperative bipartisan nature of that process. Frankly, most of what we accomplished this past year was done without any partisanship whatsoever.”
(l-r) Barbara Shanklin, Madonna Flood, Jim King, Ken Fleming, Kevin Kramer
King becomes the first person in the history of the Metro Council to be elected president for successive terms of office. He was first elected president 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.
In his remarks to the Metro Council, King cited job creation and economic development as key goals for the coming year. He also laid out his top priorities for the Council in the next twelve months.
“2012 has the potential to be our finest year ever with your help I hope to update our committee structure to address challenges that affect our entire community,” said King. “I hope to create a committee on sustainability and create a standing committee on appointments to allow us to focus on geographic and socio-economic diversity on our boards and commissions.”
King also told the Council two new ad-hoc committees would be created. “One to study and revise our Land Development Code and one to study and suggest solutions to the vacant property problem that plagues much of our community,” he said.
The Council also reelected Kathleen Herron as Metro Council Clerk by a unanimous vote. She has held that position since the first Metro Council went into operation in 2003. Stephen Ott was elected Deputy Clerk also by unanimous vote.
“This past decade, with your help, we created a new city. As we begin our next decade, I look forward to working with each of you to create an even better city that realizes the promise of merger and allows our citizens to reach their collective and individual potential,” said King.
By a unanimous vote, Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D- 24) was re-elected by members of the Democratic Caucus to serve as Majority Leader and Caucus Chair for 2012. Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2) was re-elected as Vice-Chairman of the Caucus.
“I want to thank the members of the Caucus for allowing me to continue as Majority Leader,” said Flood. “I am looking forward to working with our membership for the good of all areas of Metro Louisville.”
Flood is serving an unprecedented third term as Majority Leader. She is a founding member of the Metro Council representing the Okolona Area of District 24 in 2002. She was re-elected to a four year term in 2004 and 2008.
“The Majority Leader and I have worked well together in the past year and I look forward to continuing that working relationship in the year to come,” said Shanklin. “As we look to the year ahead, there are challenges to face and we are ready to do what needs to be done.”
Shanklin has previously held leadership positions in the Caucus. She served as Majority Leader in 2004 and was elected council president in 2005. Shanklin represents the Newburg and Norfolk areas and is also a founding member of the Metro Council. She was re-elected to a four year term in 2004 and 2008.
The Council’s Minority Caucus unanimously re-elected Ken Fleming (R-7) for a second year to the position of Caucus Chair. The Metro Council’s Minority Caucus also unanimously elected Councilman Kevin Kramer (R-11) to a second year as Caucus Vice-Chair.
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