Whitesburg KY

Lovely steps down


The head of the Kentucky League of Cities said Tuesday she plans to resign effective Jan. 1 following a series of newspaper articles that raised questions about the organization’s spending.

Sylvia Lovely, who has worked for the organization since 1988, said she wants “to accept responsibility for the loss of credibility that my organization has suffered.”

The league’s executive board accepted her resignation, saying the decision followed a closed meeting between Lovely and the executive board on Aug. 19.

Lovely’s resignation came on the heels of a series of stories by

the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The newspaper reported Lovely’s 2008 compensation package of $315,000, including the use of a BMW sports utility vehicle. Lovely was one of three executives in the organization who spent more than $300,000 altogether in three years on travel, meals and other items such as sports tickets, the Herald-Leader reported.

“After much prayer and consultation with those in whom I have great trust and respect, I have decided that the very best way to make my organization whole again is for me to move on after finishing some important work,” Lovely said.

Lovely began work for the League of Cities as an attorney. She became executive director in 1990.

In her statement, Lovely praised the “incredible staff ” at the League of Cities.

“Again, I pinch myself when I consider the charmed life I have been privileged to enjoy as I live and work among such incredible people,” she said.

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