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David Armstrong, former Louisville mayor and Jefferson County Judge-Executive, dies at 75

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - David L. Armstrong, who was Jefferson County Judge-Executive for ten years before becoming the last Louisville mayor prior to the city-county merger in 2003, died Thursday morning, Andrew Melnykovich with the Kentucky Public Service Commission confirmed.

Melnykovich said Armstrong had been ill for several months. He was 75 years old.

Armstrong served as Jefferson County Judge-Executive from 1989 to 1999 when he was elected the mayor of Louisville. The city was merged with Jefferson County near the end of his term as mayor.

Current Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer released the following statement upon Armstrong's passing:

"Dave Armstrong was a true public servant, dedicating most of his life to the city and the state as a judge, mayor, county judge-executive and Attorney General. His dedication to public service ranks him among the greats in the history of our Commonwealth.

"He had a vision for a vibrant downtown and passion for Louisville being a great place to live, work and play. And his dreams were realized.

"Most importantly, he was a generous and loving husband, father and grandfather -- and a mentor to me and many others. Our entire community celebrates his legacy."

GLI President and CEO Kent Oyler released this statement:

“Dave Armstrong spent decades as a dedicated public servant for both the city of Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. GLI worked with his administration through the city-county merger and many other projects that built some of downtown Louisville’s most famous assets like Fourth Street Live!, the Skate Park, and Louisville Glassworks. We are saddened to hear of his passing and offer our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. His legacy will live on the city he led.” 

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had this to say about Armstrong:

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of my friend Dave Armstrong, an incredible Kentuckian. I was proud to know Dave during his nearly five decades of public service, and I firmly believe that the city of Louisville and the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky admired him for his leadership and care. We will all miss Dave’s compassion, dedication, and vision for our city and our state. Along with our entire community, Elaine and I send our deepest condolences to Dave’s wife, Carol, his family, and his friends.”

This story will be updated.

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