Bardstown City Council Meets to Appoint New Mayor

Apr 18, 2017

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The city of Bardstown is not expected to venture far in its search for a new mayor.  Councilman Dick Heaton says one of the six council members will likely be appointed to the office in a special meeting Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. 

Heaton says the new mayor will be tasked with moving the city forward, following the ouster of John Royalty.

"That's going to be our priority," Heaton told WKU Public Radio.  "We've got to work to regain the trust and confidence of the people of our community, and also rebuild the morale among employees at city hall."

Royalty was removed from office immediately following a two-day hearing last week.

The city council found that the mayor had used city resources and personnel to access the private emails of commissioner Kecia Copeland, violated Copeland's privacy by disseminating private emails, and ordered a city employee to lie to the council to get access to their iPads. 

Whoever is appointed mayor will serve the remainder of Royalty’s term, which ends December 31, 2018.