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Louisville mayor, council at odds over vacant seats on city boards

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says Metro Council should help, not just complain.

The mayor and council are at odds over the number of vacancies on city boards and commissions.

The mayor acknowledges there's a problem, but he says he Metro Council needs to be part of the solution.

The frustration boiled over during a meeting of the council's appointments committee.

“There's no excuse for not having someone nominated and put forth to fill these,” said Metro Council member Julie Denton (R-19.)

There are hundreds of vacant or expired terms on the city's various boards and commissions.

The mayor is responsible for appointing board members.

“Part of the problem has been a lack of attention to detail. Perhaps lack of oversight,” council member Jessica Green (D-1) told WDRB News.

The problems so serious that some board members are still serving even though their terms have expired.

But Mayor Greg Fischer says Metro Council, which confirms the appointments, is partly to blame.

“We need other elected officials to also identify folks in their districts, to say, “These are some folks that could be good on boards and commissions.” So, it's easy to criticize we need people to help us,” he said.

Green, who co-chairs the Appointments Committee, says the council wants to help, but needs better communication from the mayor's office.

Council members just recently gained access to an online database of board positions.

“If we do not know that terms are expired, and if we do not know there are vacancies, we cannot help,” she said.

There are more than 80 boards and commissions, with 100-200 positions open at any one time.

But the mayor says finding qualified candidates is not easy.

“These boards don't pay anything, so we need folks that are ready to volunteer and give sometimes tens or hundreds of their hours to the community just by being good citizens. It's hard to find people,” said Fischer.

Green says there is a backlog of applicants waiting, and the selection process needs to be streamlined.

“Because, as of right now, it's just been a mess,” she said.

Anyone interested can apply online for open seats by going to the city’s Boards and Commissions website, here.

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