Jim Ray has recently been hired as Russellville’s Code Enforcement Officer. The position is part-time and is responsible for enforcing the city’s ordinances, thus keeping the community looking clean and inviting.
Ray is a Russellville native, graduating from Russellville High School in 1972. He has 35 years of law enforcement experience, having recently retired form the Logan County Sheriff’s Department. Ray spent two years with Russellville City Police Department in the beginning of his career then moved on to serve the Kentucky State Police for 21 years. He spent three years as Adairville’s Police Chief, one year as interim jailer for Logan County, and eight years at the Logan County Sheriff Department.
He is the son of Stan and Delores Ray, the brother of Charlie Ray, and is married to Sharon Milam Ray. They have three children and six grandchildren.
“I am honored that Mayor Stratton hired me for the position of Code Enforcement Officer,” said Ray. “I am looking forward to working with the city. Terry Stuart did a wonderful job in this position, and I will do everything to keep up the good work he did.”
Stuart became the city’s code enforcement officer in 2012 replacing Hope Strode who began in 2008. Strode had taken the position once held by Bill Decker who started in 2002 replacing JR Cundiff.
Code enforcement in the City of Russellville was set in place over 15 years ago. The agency is governed by a board. A few of the most common problems code enforcement faces are overgrown yards and abandon vehicles and property. Other common problems involve trash and debris accumulating in a yard or property simply being allowed to deteriorate.
When an ordinance is being violated, code enforcement will first start with a request that the situation be taken care of. After this first notice is given, a person has a set amount of days to address the problem. If there is no response, a notice of code violation is sent out.
In 2003 the code enforcement board was granted more authority by the city. The city council approved amending the current ordinance to include in the penalty section authority to authorize legal action if necessary. The code enforcement officer has the authority to issue citations for non compliance and the board has the authority on behalf of the city to place leans on property of those who refuse to adhere to the city’s laws.
“We welcome Jim to the City,” said Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton. “We feel he will do an excellent job in this position. He has an extensive background to bring to the table and we look forward to his knowledge and experience. We will miss Terry, however. He did a wonderful job while serving code enforcement. We wish him well in his future.”
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.