PRESTONSBURG — A Prestonsburg city councilman received a rare honor recently, when he was nominated for the City Official of the Year by the Kentucky League of Cities.
Councilman David Gearheart was a finalist for the honor, which was ultimately awarded to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.
“I am honored to have been nominated for the elected official of the year award,” Gearheart said. “I always strive to help the people that I serve with whatever their needs may be, and it is extremely rewarding when those people take the time to publicly recognize my efforts. I will continue to work hard for the citizens in my community and want them to know that I am only a phone call or email away.”
Gearheart was one of 13 people nominated for the award, which is given to a public official representing one of Kentucky’s more than 400 cities. Each summer, KLC seeks nominations for the award from the public. Anyone can nominate an official.
According to KLC, the awards are intended to recognize “city officials that demonstrate leadership, innovation and commitment to community advancement.”
This is the fifth year for the KLC Elected City Official of the Year Award which was sponsored by Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing, PLLC. Previous Elected City Official of the Year winners include Wilmore Mayor Harold Rainwater (2009), Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn (2010), Prospect Mayor Todd Eberle (2011) and Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw (2012).
Although Gearheart was nominated for City Official of the Year this year, he would not be eligible for the award in the future, if he has his way. The councilman has announced his intention to seek the office of District 1 magistrate in next year’s local elections.