Lusk appointed to fill empty seat on New Haven City Commission

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By Dennis George

The New Haven City Commissioners voted on Tuesday to select Karl Lusk to fill the seat left open when Tessie Cecil assumed the mayoral position vacated by the resignation of Jeff Rogers.

Lusk is a former commissioner, serving from 1995 to 1997, and has been active in the community for many years.

He was one of three residents who expressed an interest in the position.

“Bobby Cecil called City Hall and asked to be considered,” Commissioner Jane Masse said. “I also talked to Ruth Faulkner and she said if we needed someone to serve, she will step up.”

Charles Lemmons was at the meeting and told the commissioners he had run for that position and the mayor’s job in the past and thought the group knew he wanted to serve the city.

Masse made a motion to appoint Lusk to the commissioner’s seat.

“Karl has done a super job on any committee he’s served on, and would be a super asset as a commissioner,” she said.

Her motion died for lack of a second and the group then went into executive session.

They returned 10 minutes later and voted to appoint Lusk.

Masse, Cecil, and Commissioner Mike Morris approved of Lusk while Joe Larry Mattingly did not vote.

He left immediately after the meeting and would not comment on his decision to not cast a ballot.

Lusk was not at Tuesday’s meeting because of a commitment as a chaplain at Flaget Memorial Hospital.

“He did say he would work his schedule so that he can be at our meetings,” Masse said.

Lusk is also the pastor of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Bardstown and a member of the Nelson County Chaplain Response Team.

“People asked me if I would serve,” Lusk said. “I’ve been involved before and I know how things work. This is about building the community. People should do things for the good of an organization, whether it be a municipality, county government, or a committee.”

Lusk will be sworn in at the commission’s September 21 meeting.