Paris Mayor Dies

People in the city of Paris, in Bourbon County, are mourning the sudden loss of their mayor.

Mayor Don Kiser died Thursday morning from a heart attack at the age of 72. He had been the mayor of Paris for seven years.

Police officers in Paris are wearing mourning bands, worn typically in honor of fellow officers, but today, for their former leader.

"Those of us who were close to him feel like we lost a father or grandfather, he's that type of figure," said Police Chief Tim Gray.

Kiser died after collapsing from a heart attack Wednesday while at work at city hall. Now, a wreath hangs from the front door and flags throughout the city are flying at half staff.

Chief Gray says it was the residents of Paris Kiser was always working for during his years in office.

He helped to revitalize the downtown area, brought several new businesses to the city and worked to make a four lane Paris Pike possible.

The city commission will appoint a new mayor. They have up to 30 days to do that. That mayor will finish out the term which will end in the fall of 2010.

The city commission has already canceled their meeting for Tuesday in honor of Kiser. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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