New president takes helm at Kentucky League of Cities

July 26, 2010 

Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker has replaced Jackson Mayor Mike Miller as president of the Kentucky League of Cities.

Miller resigned from his position as mayor and president of KLC on July 15 to become executive director of the Kentucky River Area Development District.

"We have worked hard over the past 18 months to address several issues that have been raised and are in the process of hiring a new executive director," Walker said in a news release. "As I take over as president, a few months earlier than planned, I am confident we will move forward as a stronger, leaner, even more responsive organization."

The Kentucky League of Cities is continuing its search for a new executive director with the help of a search firm. At least five of its member cities called for new leadership at the top of the organization after a state audit criticized Acting Executive Director Neil Hackworth, and, more severely, Insurance Services Director William Hamilton for questionable spending and conflicts of interest.

Hackworth, 62, announced in May that he would retire at the end of the year. He has been serving as acting executive director since January, when Sylvia Lovely stepped down from the job after a series of Herald-Leader articles detailed large salaries, big expense accounts and conflicts of interest at the organization.

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