UPDATE: Georgetown Mayor Tom Prather reflects on time in office, what’s next
Mayor Prather comments after announcing he will not seek re-election
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – Georgetown Mayor Tom Prather will not seek re-election.
“It was a very difficult decision,” said Mayor Prather. “It surprised me frankly at how emotional a decision that this has been but sometimes I think big decisions are that way.”
Mayor Prather called his time in office “successful”.
“I have just had a blast being mayor of Georgetown over the last eight years,” added Prather. “I was mayor of Georgetown for eight years when I was a much younger man during the first Toyota years.”
“We’ve now grown to be the sixth largest city in Kentucky,” said Prather.
When asked about the most memorable moment or accomplishment while in office, Mayor Prather said, “The work we’ve done to get our police and firefighter salaries more in line, to take care of those first responders. Our first responsibility as a city is that of public safety, so, job one and I think we’ve addressed that well.”
As for what’s next, Mayor Prather said he would stay in Central Kentucky.
“I’ve got 13 months left in this term and intend to finish really strong and provide a good, smooth transition for whoever my successor might be,” said Prather. “I’m on some community boards and intend to stay active right here in Central Kentucky.”
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to guide the community,” said Prather. “It’s such a golden opportunity for someone to serve.”
Prather has served as mayor of Georgetown for 15 years. His term ends December 31, 2022.