Brookport Mayor Askew Resigns
By WestKyStar Staff
BROOKPORT, IL - The mayor of Brookport has resigned just three months before her term expires.
Judy Askew told the city council Tuesday night she was quitting due to her health, but her resignation letter cited a lack of cooperation from the the council, saying every issue caused a disagreement, and that she wanted out, because it had become a contant struggle.
One member of the council, Alderman Edgar Martin did not disagree, telling the Paducah Sun that Askew never communicated well with them, and that she took advantage of the supreme power she had.
Progress has been made during Askew's term to get audits done, which qualifies the city for federal and state grants. Work is progressing on the city's floodwall and water system issues.
Alderman Danny Hogue will be acting mayor until the April 9 election, in which he and Alderman James Burress are hoping to be re-elected. Another council member, Lucille Shannon, is not running again.
Candidates on the April 9 ballot for mayor are former Mayor John Klaffer, Vincent Scarpino, Michael Cate, and Scottie Martin.