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Council member Carolyn Elliott chosen as Cumberland mayor

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

CUMBERLAND, Ky. (WYMT) - One Harlan County city has a new mayor.

In a special-called meeting Thursday night, Cumberland City Council members picked one of their own, Carolyn Elliott, as the city's next mayor.

"Rome wasn't built in a night," Elliott said. "So we'll just have to plan on working day by day and trying to get through our problems and hopefully see advancement in the near future."

Elliott is a retired nurse and was elected as a councilwoman in 2010.

"I think she'll do fine," council member Charles Raleigh said. "I'm sure that it's not going to be overnight. It's going to take some time. It took some time to get where we are now and it will take some time to get out."

Elliott was clear on one part of Cumberland she wants to try and improve quickly.

"My first priority is the water system and our waste management system," said Elliot, who was appointed mayor by a 5-0 vote.

Elliott succeeds Carl Hatfield, who retired earlier this month.

Some city council members had a rocky relationship with Hatfield, and Elliott said she hopes to move past that.

"I'm already past it," she said. "As far as that goes I wish him the best of luck and the best in his retirement. I'm sure that he will enjoy it."

Elliott will fill the remainder of Hatfield's term as mayor.

The position will be on the ballot in 2014, but Elliott said she is not sure if she will run.

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