The Paintsville City Council approved several changes to personnel in its regular meeting Monday.

In the first, the council approved the nomination of Robin Perry to the position of city clerk, as longtime clerk Virgie Castle is retiring. 

“(Castle gave) 29 years of service,” said Mayor Bill Mike Runyon. “She’s been through, including me, five different mayors. She has represented this city extremely well, and she will be more than sorely missed. If any of you see her on the street, please thank her for her devoted service to this city.”

In the second decision, the council approved Paintsville Tourism Executive Director Josh Johnson’s recommendation to appoint Adam Preece to the Paintsville Tourism Commission, as one of the mayor’s current appointments, Shea Lykins, would be leaving the commission. 

“Most of you know Adam, he’s from the radio station,” Johnson said. “He is very supportive of the whole community, he shows up to all the community events, he supports us, he helps us, he does things above and beyond the call of duty without being asked to. I really feel like he’d be a good asset for tourism.”

As council members Patricia Nelson and Shawn Thompson will not be returning next year, Runyon also took time to thank them for their service to the city. 

“They will be sorely missed,” Runyon said.

City council newcomers Rick Preston and Sarah Kimbler will be sworn in before the next regular meeting.

The council also authorized the beginning of the process for deeding a small section of property downtown to the Paintsville Independent School district; declared as surplus and advertising for sale a separate tract of city land; passed an amendment to the ordinance governing the recreation commission that would, in part, reduce the membership from eight to five and make other small changes to its bylaws; and opened bids for a new generator for Paintsville Utilities, though the council opted to table approving the lowest bidder until it could be certified that the bidder meets all the project’s criteria.

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