Edmonson Voice Staff, photo KLC
Representative Michael Meredith (R-Brownsville) was honored with a “Friend of Kentucky Cities” award at the Brownsville City Council meeting on Monday. The “Friend of Kentucky Cities” award is given by the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) to legislators who perform outstanding work in the legislature advocating for issues that impact cities across the state.
“I am honored to receive this award from the Kentucky League of Cities. My work in government and public service started eight years ago as a Brownsville City Council member, where I served two years,” said Rep. Meredith. “In 2016, I had the opportunity to work on several bills that will improve Kentucky cities and the services they offer. Whether it’s important safety protections like volunteer and paid firefighters and police officers, or the improvement of local code enforcement, our cities offer so much. I am proud of the legislative successes this year, and I look forward to making Kentucky cities even better in the future.”
J.D. Chaney, KLC deputy executive director, said that the KLC appreciates the dedication and hard work put forth by Representative Meredith during the 2016 legislative session. “Representative Meredith sponsored House Bill 422 which was a KLC initiative that consolidates all current local code enforcement provisions into one KRS chapter and statutory scheme. This was a top priority for Kentucky cities in 2016, and we commend Representative Meredith for his leadership on this issue.”
Jonathan Steiner, executive director/CEO of the Kentucky League of Cities, also commended Representative Meredith: “Representative Meredith has been a strong voice for Kentucky cities both in Brownsville as a city council member and in Frankfort as a representative. He has continued to be a champion for Kentucky cities, and we appreciate his wide-ranging and consistent support. KLC is sincerely grateful for the relationship we have with Representative Meredith and are pleased to give him this award.”
Founded in 1927, the Kentucky League of Cities is a membership association of more than 370 cities across the commonwealth. KLC has offices in Lexington and Frankfort and provides cities, leaders and employees with a number of services, including legislative advocacy, legal services, financial services, community consulting, policy development, research, training and education, and more.
Meredith is seeking re-election as the Kentucky State Representative in District 19, serving Edmonson and Warren Counties.
His opponent is democrat John Wayne Smith of Smiths Grove, who in February of this year, was found guilty of failing to report suspected child abuse during the time he served as Director of Bluegrass Academy. He was sentenced to 90 days home incarceration, one year of probation, fined $10,000, and ordered to pay over $2,000 in restitution.