Next Steps to Fill City Commission Vacancy

Date of Release: 
January 18, 2023

Statement from Mayor George Bray on Behalf of the Paducah Board of Commissioners:

Following last night’s decision to remove a member, the Paducah Board of Commissioners and I have reviewed the process as outlined by law to fill this unexpired term.  KRS 83A.040 governs the process and states that within 30 days, the Board must fill the vacancy; otherwise, the power to fill the vacancy shifts to the Governor to fill by appointment. 

In order to move this community forward and to conduct the business needed for a city government’s operations, this unexpired term should be filled as soon as possible.  We will discuss this process at the January 24 meeting of the Paducah Board of Commissioners with the ultimate goal that evening in making a motion to appoint a member. 

The City of Paducah also is notifying the McCracken County Clerk’s office and the Kentucky Secretary of State of the vacancy as required by law.  I want to thank the community for their support during this transitional period.