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Former city planning commissioner Smith named to Urban County Government Council by Gray

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray Friday named Joseph M. Smith the new Urban County council member for the second district, replacing Sasha Love Higgins.

“Joe is well prepared to be a council member,” said Gray. “He has been active in his neighborhood, in public service and is a Lexington native who cares about his hometown. He brings energy and experience to the Second District seat.”

Joseph M. Smith

Smith has worked as a realtor for 30 years in Lexington, and also spent 10 years in banking.

He is past president of the Townley Park Homeowners Association; a former member of the Board of Trustees of Lexington Catholic High School, his alma mater; and a member of the Lexington Jaycees and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass.

He has served as a member of the City’s Planning Commission and on the Lyric Task Force Committee.

“I am excited and looking forward to the opportunity to work with and represent the people of the second district,” Smith said.

Smith and his wife, Sharon, have three children and five grandchildren. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky.

Smith replaces Higgins, who resigned April 27.

The Urban County Council now has a 15-day window should it decide to overturn the appointment.

From Lexington Mayor’s Office Communications

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