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Bardstown City clerk, HR director retiring

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By Randy Patrick

Two longtime Bardstown city employees are stepping down.

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City Clerk Barbie Bryant is retiring. Friday was her last day on the job.

And Larry Green, the city’s human resources director and former assistant city administrator, who has worked for Bardstown for about 40 years, will be retiring as planned, at the end of the month. His last day is July 28.

Mayor Dick Heaton told The Kentucky Standard of Bryant’s retirement Thursday.

“I didn’t fire her or ask her for her resignation or anything,” Heaton said, responding to rumors.

When he took office in the spring, Heaton said, Bryant had told him she planned to retire this year. He said she and her husband, Michael, are selling their house and may move from Bardstown.

He said that Bryant had been his executive assistant for four years during his first term as mayor. She had been with the city for 14 years.

Two months ago, Mary Riley, who had been the administrative assistant for the engineering and utilities staff, was replaced in that position by Beth Donahue, who had been former Mayor John Royalty’s executive assistant. She has since been training to take over the city clerk’s job, which will be combined with that of the mayor’s assistant — the position she held once before, under former Mayor Bill Sheckles — and also the position of cemetery sexton, which Bryant also held.

Riley has been training this week with the City Clerks Association.

Bryant worked at the Bardstown Cemetery Thursday and is expected to work Friday, Heaton said.

The mayor said Green has long been telling people he intended to retire before Aug. 1, and his last day will be next Friday.

He also was not asked to retire or resign, Heaton said.

His title had changed from assistant city administrator to human resources director during Royalty’s administration.

Greg Ashworth, the city’s risk manager, will take over the role of human resources manager as well as continue in his other position.

Neither Green nor Bryant responded to phone calls and texts requesting comment.

Heaton said Riley will be acting city clerk after Friday and he will officially present her to the City Council as his appointment to that job at its next meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m.