Front row from left: Ron Thomas, late Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker, Edna Berger; back row from left: Bill Bennett, Tony Bishop, Kenny Lewis, Marty Fulkerson (Source: City of Elizabethtown)
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Elizabethtown's next mayor will come from the current city council.
On Monday, the six-member Elizabethtown City Council narrowed the field of mayoral candidates to three: Tony Bishop, Bill Bennett and Edna Berger. The remaining councilmen, Ron Thomas, Kenny Lewis and Marty Fulkerson, are not being considered for the job.
The Hardin County community currently is without a mayor following the sudden June 14 death of Mayor Tim Walker from a massive heart attack at the age of 54. It is the first mayoral vacancy in Elizabethtown's history.
The city council has 30 days from the date of Walker's death to choose a successor to fill his term, which ends in December 2014. It will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 8 to select Walker's replacement. If for any reason the council fails to select a new mayor by July 14, the duty will fall to Governor Steve Beshear.