Governor to appoint next council member

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SALYERSVILLE – With the timeline lapsing for the Salyersville City Council to appoint someone to the vacancy, the job is now left up to the governor.

On Monday, January 9, the council officially accepted the resignation of Jeffery A. Ross, who had submitted a letter several days before, resigning as a council member.

By accepting his resignation, that started the clock on the council’s timeline for making an appointment. 

City Attorney Jeff Lovely explained in last month’s meeting that, according to state statute, the council has 30 days from the time they accept the resignation to appoint someone to fill the vacancy, or the appointment is then left up to the governor. 

A special-called meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, which would have been the last day for the council to vote on a replacement for Ross’s position, however, the meeting was canceled midday Wednesday, transferring the responsibility to Governor Matt Bevin.

Amanda Stamper, the director of communications for the office of Governor Matt Bevin, told the Independent on Monday, “Generally, the Governor would need to receive a letter from the City Clerk or Mayor indicating there has been a vacancy for more than 30 days. Once official notification is received, the Governor can accept applications and make a determination.”


n the last city council meeting, held on January 9, Tommy Bailey motioned to appoint Manual Howard for the position, and Tex Holbrook seconded it. 

Jeff Bailey motioned that they table the motion to appoint Howard, explaining that Kenneth “Poor Boy” Williams was the next in line, as voted by the people in the city limits, and in his opinion, he believed it was hard to look past him.

Tom Frazier said he felt the same way and seconded Jeff Bailey’s motion.

In the November election, Williams came within 12 votes of being on the council.

Jeff Bailey, Frazier and Paul Burchell voted in favor of tabling the motion to appoint Howard, and Tommy Bailey and Holbrook voted against, so the item was tabled, which was the last official action made by the council concerning the appointment. 

The Independent will report any new information regarding the appointment as it becomes available.