By Dave Taylor
Hawesville Mayor Charles King has been nominated for Kentucky League of Cities’ City Elected Official of the Year and will find out whether he wins during the same conference where he’ll be recognized for being presented a scholarship to two years’ of future KLC training.
King is one of 25 people up for the award and he was nominated for City Elected Official of the Year with a nomination letter that was written by City Clerk Lora Basham on behalf of the city’s employees. The winner will be announced on September 24 at the annual KLC conference in Lexington.
At that same conference King will be recognized as a recipient of the Ann C. Deatherage LEAD Award, which is a scholarship that covers the costs of KLC conferences for two years.
In the nomination letter for City Elected Official of the Year, Basham bragged on King’s accomplishments and his caring for the people of Hawesville.
“Mayor King is not only just the Mayor of our small town here in Kentucky, but a leader and a friend to all,” the letter said. “He has given selflessly to the community in many ways from shaving his head to raise money for leukemia, to picking up groceries for those in need.”
Along with the letter, a cutout from a 1999 Clarion shows King in two photos getting his head shaved at the county fair alongside then judge-executive Jack McCaslin and Sheriff Dale Bozarth to raise money.
“He has been able to provide customers with new water lines in many parts of the city as well as build a brand-new wastewater treatment plant,” the letter continued. “With this, he was able to obtain a $800,000 grant for the city for the project.”
The letter says that King has gone “above and beyond” to make sure the city employees are safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring that they have protective equipment and allowing them to split shifts in order to stay socially distanced.
“Mayor King believes in family first,” the letter says, adding that King is “always being supportive of those who need leave for family matters.”
“I believe that our city has been truly blessed to have such a giving, loyal, trusting Mayor to lead us and guide us,” it says.