Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

November 30, 2012

Sparks' resignation expected soon

By Leeann Akers - Managing Editor
Journal-Times

Nov. 30, 2012 — The mayor of Olive Hill is expected to present a letter of resignation to the City Council next week.

Mayor Danny Sparks was arrested Wednesday by FADE after a weeks-long investigation. He was charged with marijuana trafficking within 1,000 feet of a school, a felony, after having been detained near Olive Hill Elementary

According to City Clerk Cheri James, the main obstacle with holding a special meeting to address the issue has been with legal counsel.

“George Hogg has been out of town this week,” James told the Journal-Times Friday.  “But he will be back in the office Monday and hopefully we can get everything worked out to have a meeting on Tuesday evening.”

James said after Sparks presents his resignation, the Council will choose one of its own to serve the balance of Sparks’ term which ends in December 2014.

“I am not sure if they are required to choose a Council member,” James said.  “I do believe that the Council will do their best to fulfill the will of the public.”

Kentucky law does allow the Council to fill its own vacancies but that right passes to the governor if not done within 30 days.

James said the vacant seat on the Council will probably be filled by the person with the next highest number of votes from the election held earlier this month.

In the November election, Kenny Fankell received the most votes of the nine persons running.  Fankell, Enoch Hicks, Jerry Callihan and Allen Stapleton were re-elected and Angela Johnson and Glen Meade were newly elected. Tony Williams did not seek reelection and incumbent Linda Lowe was defeated. 

Debbie Harman, another newcomer, would be first in line for the vacant Council seat if the clerk's prediction is correct.