Ricky Heflin has been selected to fill one of the two vacant council seats representing the City of Auburn. He was voted in by the four sitting members Rex Evans, Bobby Price, Steve Montgomery and Claude Tisdale the first council meeting of 2017. The city had two seats unoccupied, as there were not enough candidates to run for all six seats in the November 2016 election. A special called meeting will be scheduled to select the final council member with Helflin having a vote. The four other possibilities include: Thelma Cottrell, Michael Elliott, Tamme Gregory and Ricky Woodward, who have all shown interest.
According to Kentucky Statute 83A.040- If one or more vacancies on a legislative body occur in a way that one or more members remain seated, the remaining members shall within 30 days fill the vacancies one at a time, giving each new appointee reasonable notice of his selection as will enable him to meet and act with the remaining members in making further appointments until all vacancies are filled. If vacancies occur in a way that all seats become vacant, the Governor shall appoint qualified persons to fill the vacancies sufficient to constitute a quorum.
Heflin and his wife of 42 years, Darlene, have lived in the city of Auburn for eight years. The 62-year old is a graduate of Lewisburg High School and works as a Governmental Sales Manager for Hutson Ag in Russellville. They have three children, Jason, Jarrick, and Shandiece Sharp and four grandchildren, Kinsey, Dixon, Kelsey and Lucian.
“It is a very strict procedure covered by Statute,” said Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes. “We had to wait until January because we cannot technically fill a vacancy until we had one, or in this instance two.”
Hughes said he knows there was a time this has happened in Auburn, but it has been so long ago.
Heflin is looking forward to serving his community. He said when the need arose he felt he needed to step up and help.
“I had several people approach me about serving,” said Heflin. “They thought I may be able to bring something to the table. I love Auburn and would love to try and give back.”
Heflin said he hasn’t been able to give it much thought yet on what he would like to see accomplished in Auburn, but he does believe strongly in economic development.
“It’s kind of all new right now, but I’m definitely going to give it my best,” Heflin said.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.