Elected Henderson City Commissioner won’t take office

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Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 8:40 AM CST
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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - Henderson city officials say the Board of Commissioners will have a vacancy to fill when a new commission term begins on Jan. 1, 2023.

They say Jay Randolph, who was a successful candidate for a Board of Commissioners seat in the Nov. 8 General Election, has notified them that he has decided not to take the oath of office and will not serve the two-year term as commissioner.

“Recently there have been a group of people that have made some pretty serious accusations on social media,” says Randolph.

Randolph says he chose to relinquish his role because of people on social media.

“The things that they said are baseless claims,” says Randolph, “they’re false, but they also tagged our city government in a lot of stuff, and sent claims to the attorney general’s office.”

Those are all things Randolph says he had to deal with.

Even still, the AG and new Mayor told him to push on.

“They told me to rethink resignation, and I told them after speaking with my attorney, we are going to pursue legal actions, and my attorney explained to me that this would be a time-consuming issue,” says Randolph.

It’s time that Randolph says would take away from the city.

So in the midst of civil suits, he decided to step away from the commissioner role.

He says people have claimed that he doesn’t live in Henderson, and even went as far as to go through his mail.

However, Randolph says once the legal action is wrapped, it’s back to business.

”I love my community,” says Randolph, “as I’ve been telling everybody, give it two years. I’ll be back, I’m not going anywhere.”

Randolph confirmed that he plans on running for City Commissioner again, but for the time being, the lawsuits will take up too much time, and he doesn’t want to make city meetings a “circus.”

Officials say, once the new term begins, the vacancy will be filled with an appointment by the Board of Commissioners, which will consist of Mayor Brad Staton and Commissioners Austin Vowels, Rodney Thomas and Robert Pruitt.

According to election guidelines, the appointment will be in place until the November 2023 General Election during which there will be a special election to fill the one year remaining on the term.