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Mayor says council will work together

By: Ashley Reynolds\ Email
By: Ashley Reynolds\ Email

It's an eastern Kentucky city that is dealing with serious financial woes.

As Cumberland city leaders look for ways to solve the problem ...they also have to figure out how to work together.

In the past, council members have tried to impeach the mayor and even impeach other council members.

With new leadership... the mayor says things will get done.

"We have a good council. They are very intelligent. that's what we need in a council," said Mayor Carl Hatfield.

Hatfield has worked in city government for more than one decade. He says the last city council group was a mess.

"Too many council members thought they were doing the mayors job and the mayor did not realize what her job was to be honest with you ...and she just let it go and let them take over," said Hatfield.

This is the third time for Hatfield to be mayor.
This time he won by just a little more than 30 votes.

In an interview last summer, former city council member Yvonne Gilliam stood with a group of city leaders that wanted to see Hatfield step down when he was serving on the council.

"We have told Carl from the beginning that the council wants to work together. He does not seem to like to work with people," said Gilliam.

Gilliam says she believes Hatfield was promoting his own agenda.
Gilliam and her husband Jerry decided not to run again because they say they were disappointed that so little got done in four years.

First term city council member David C. Dixon says he is confident the new group can cooperate.

"I feel like this council is going to work together... we are not going to fight back and fourth... we can discuss things," said Dixon.

"Everything that will be done during my term will be done in the front office... and not done in the back," said Hatfield.

Hatfield says fixing the city's debt is his priority.
He believes the new council will find ways to save the city money.

Hatfield says he plans to make sure the council continues to meet as scheduled.
Last year, there were a few times when the previous mayor cancelled city council meetings.


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