King Elected Council President

by Gabe Bullard on January 6, 2011

At Thursday’s meeting, the Louisville Metro Council elected Jim King to be its president.

King will serve opposite Mayor Greg Fischer. The two were rivals in last year’s Democratic primary for the mayor’s office, but King doesn’t see that as a problem. When he’s asked about working with Fischer, King is quick to point out that he endorsed the now-mayor in the general election. He also donated to his campaign and worked with the transition team over the last month.

“He won, I lost. I get that. I moved on and stayed in my job in the council and I’m going to try to do the best job I can here,” says King.

Fischer addressed the council during last night’s meeting and expressed his interest in working with the body on issues where there wasn’t previous collaboration between the branches. King says that may make the annual process of crafting and approving the city budget easier.

King will serve a one-year term. He previously held the presidency in 2008, and is the first council member elected to the office twice. He says his second term will likely be more productive than his first.

“I certainly understand the nature of the beast here much more than I did the first time,” says King. “I have a strong working relationship with virtually every member of the council, which I did not have the first time.”

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