Fulcher fills Prospect vacancy

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Retired engineer replaces Scott on City Council

By Wesley Robinson
News Intern, The Oldham Era

The city government of Prospect is complete.

Frank Fulcher, 71, was appointed to city council, garnering four votes from the five members in place.

The retired engineer was chosen over other nominees, including attorney Wilson Greene; Sue Kocian, a pharmaceutical sales representative; attorney Jeffrey Stovall; and accountant Daniel Weber.

Fulcher will fill Michael Scott’s term. Scott died suddenly July 12.

Fulcher described his appointment as “bitter sweet” and a “mixed blessing. ... “I’m honored to get this seat formerly held by Mike Scott. Mike was one of my best friends, and he encouraged me to get into city politics.”

Fulcher, who ran unsuccessfully for council twice before, said he hopes to bring a pragmatic approach to the body.

“I’m the only engineer, so I may bring a more structured approach to issues,” he said.

City Administrator Ann Simms said she’s hopeful Prospect won’t have anymore mid-term appointments. Last week, council appointed John Evans to fill out the term of mayor, succeeding Ken Corey, who resigned the post July 1.

“We’re complete,” said Simms. “I look for a good working group.”

Simms said Fulcher has been active on committees and attended meetings for a while. She said she believes he will acclimate quickly to the council.

“I expect he will get a lot done,” Simms said. “He will participate well.”

Fulcher has lived in Prospect for 32 years, but said his work caused him to be away for much of that time.

“I’ve retired and I want to give back to the community I’ve enjoyed for so long,” Fulcher said.

Fulcher will serve out the remainder of Scott’s term through December 31, 2014.

He will begin his tenure at the next City Council meeting at 7 p.m., Aug. 19, at City Hall.