The Harrodsburg City Commission has accepted the resignation of Commissioner Ruth Ann Bryant.
At their regular meeting on Monday, March 28, the commission voted to accept Bryant’s letter of resignation. Last week, she notified the city she was stepping down due to “health issues.” Starting April 1, the commission has 30 days to appoint Bryant’s successor or, under state law, Gov. Andy Beshear would appoint a new commissioner.
“I am presently in a nursing home and wheelchair and walker bound,” Bryant wrote in a notice that was also sent to the Harrodsburg Herald. Bryant, who was elected to the city commission in 2020, had not attended a commission meeting since July 12, 2021, according to the city, although she did participate in an executive session on Sept. 27, 2021.
Bryant served as a dispatcher with the city’s 911 department for 32 years and has been a community advocate as well as a volunteer with the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce among other organizations.
In her notice, Bryant swore to return to serve the city again.
“Just remember one thing within the next two years I WILL BE BACK TO IMPROVE THIS CITY. NOTHING CAN STOP ME,” she wrote.
Her resignation leaves the Harrodsburg City Commission with only one elected member, Commissioner Marvin “Bubby” Isham. While Mayor Billy Whitenack was initially elected to serve on the city commission, he became mayor after the death of Art Freeman. Commissioners Adam Johnson and Jennifer Kazimer were appointed to fill out the unexpired terms of Commissioner Scott Moseley, who resigned in February 2021, and Whitenack.
We reported last week an incorrect deadline for candidates to file to run for mayor or the city commission. The deadline to file was January, but prospective office seekers can still run as write-in candidates.