Mayor Troy Rudder elected Kentucky League of Cities Second Vice President

LEXINGTON–Mayfield Mayor Teresa Rochetti-Cantrell has been elected president of the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) by its membership with Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf as first vice president and London Mayor Troy Rudder as second vice president.

Mayor Rudder said he looks forward to the opportunities the statewide leadership position will provide for his city.

“I am very humbled to even be considered for any position at KLC. I was honored that my city became a member of such a fine organization.” he said.

“Since 1927, KLC has been all about cities and is our ‘go to’ organization – our sounding board for legal information or anything dealing with cities,” said Mayor Rudder. “KLC provides one-stop shopping.”

The officers were sworn in on Wednesday, September 19, during the Kentucky League of Cities Conference & Expo President’s Banquet in Louisville.

“KLC is fortunate to have an engaged and diverse Board representing cities of all sizes across the commonwealth,” said Jonathan Steiner, KLC executive director/CEO.

KLC is an association with more than 370 municipal members that provides services for cities including advocacy, training, legal and other services, as well as successful insurance and finance programs.

Mayor Rudder has been active with the League for several years. The mayor has served on numerous KLC and affiliated boards including the KLC Board of Directors, KLC Executive Board, KLC Insurance Services Board, KLC Insurance Agency Board and KLC Premium Finance Board.

“Mayor Rudder is a great ambassador for all cities and has a tremendous knowledge about or organization.” said Steiner.

“I hope to be able to explain to every city that is not currently associated with all of KLC’s services, just what the League can do for them,” said Rudder.

He said, “Kentucky’s motto does say it all, ‘United we stand, divided we fall.'”

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Community Cleanup Day Success

About 150 volunteers worked in the bright sunshine this morning to help rid London of trash during Community Cleanup Day. Several truckloads of unsightly garbage were removed from city streets and parks.

Cleanup crews assembled downtown at the Tourism & Parks office at 9:00 a.m. They picked up safety vests, gloves, tongs and garbage bags and set out to clean assigned areas.

For their efforts, volunteers received a free climbing pass to Treetop Adventure at Levi Jackson State Park when they reconvened at noon.

London Police Officers Receive Awards at Council Meeting

On Tuesday, Sept. 4th London Police were recognized at the London City Council meeting. Mayor Troy Rudder and London Police Chief Derek House presented awards to officers for their acts of service on July 19th, 2018.
On July 19th Officers of the London Police Department were notified of two bank robberies that occurred within moments of each other. The armed perpetrator entered the two banking institutions with a loaded handgun and cumulatively took over $32,264, then fled.
Officers of the London Police Department acted quickly to set up a perimeter in the area and responded to assist the victims.
“Within minutes of the second robbery, thanks to the assistance of many civilians giving officers information, and great communication from our London-Laurel Co. 911 Dispatchers, Ofc. Elbert Riley located the suspect’s vehicle traveling on a roadway and was able to give officers the direction of travel,” said Chief Derek House of the London Police Department.
Sgt. Mike Holliday located the vehicle parked in a church parking lot and became involved in a foot pursuit with the armed suspect. After a short chase, Sgt. Holliday was able to bring the suspect into custody and was assisted at the scene by other officers.
The suspect was subsequently charged with the two bank robberies, and the money from the two banks was recovered.
A short time later, it was determined that the suspect was also involved in two armed carjackings.
“The actions of all the officers without a doubt took a violent armed criminal off the street that day,” House said, adding, “The actions of all of these officers that day are examples of the highest standards we set for law enforcement officers, and reflect excellence not only upon themselves but the London Police Department and the City of London.”

Sgt. Mike Holliday and Ofc. Elbert Riley received the Meritorious Service Award for their exemplary professional service and outstanding performance.

Capt. Darrel Kilburn, Lt. Doug Thomas, Sgt. Randy Medlock, Sgt. Travis Dotson, Det. Jessie Williams, Det. Daniel Robinson, Ofc. Travis Couch, Ofc. Ashley Wampler, and Ofc. Cody Faulconer were awarded the Professional Esteem Award in recognition of their exemplary performance of duties.

2018 World Chicken Festival Chicken Invasion

In the spirit of The World Chicken Festival, London Downtown, Inc. is now accepting entries for the “Chicken Invasion”. The invasion is organized by London Downtown, Inc. to benefit local schools. This year’s theme will be “Welcome To The Barnyard”.

To sponsor a chicken for the “Chicken Invasion”, send the entry form along with your $100 check (payable to London Downtown) to London Downtown, Inc. 501 South Main Street London, KY 40741 or can be dropped off at the London Community Center.

As a sponsor, you will be provided a 36” chicken that is two dimensional. The chickens will be available for pick up at the London Community Center on September 7th. Chickens can be painted and embellished on either side (both sides preferred). As participants, you are encouraged to be creative. Here are some ideas to get you started: Banks – could incorporate play money or maybe a visor like in the past, Flower Shops – could use a glue gun and silk flowers, Beauty Shops – could use a smock with scissors, Schools – use school supplies along with books, Restaurants – could use cooking utensils, chef hat, and apron.

Chickens will need to be turned in on September 19th at the London Community Center.

Download the Chicken Invasion Entry Form

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