Two new faces were added to the Park Hills City Council during their meeting Tuesday.

Taking the oath of office and beginning their new terms were re-elected members, Larry LaChance, Ward 2, and Alan Coleman, Ward 1.

The newly-elected members being sworn in were Ryan Ruble, Ward 3, and Donna Dettmer, Ward 4. 

Park Hills Mayor Daniel Naucke thanked the two retiring councilmen for their years of dedicated service to the city. Councilmen Tom Reed, Ward 3, and John Clark, Ward 4, had decided not to run again. 

Reed is retiring from council duties after 16 years of serving Ward 3. He was elected to the council in 2003.

Clark has served the city for more than 20 years as a councilman, for Ward 4, and two terms as the city’s mayor. After leaving the office of mayor, Clark was appointed back to the council in order to replace another long-time council member, Larry Kelly who passed away. Clark was then re-elected in 2017 and served a two-year term.

Both Clark and Reed were presented certificates of recognition for their service to the city by Naucke.

In the first meeting of the new council, one of the first priorities was the selection of mayor pro-tem, a councilman who acts in the absence of the mayor.

Naucke opened up the floor for nominations and Councilman Adam Bowers, Ward 1, nominated LaChance. No other nominations were made and LaChance was voted into the position unanimously.

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Bobby Radford is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3628, or at bradford@dailyjournalonline.com.


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