Sallye Hill Stumbo, who has served on the City Commission for six years, promises to continue to work for the community even though she will no longer be a commissioner next year.
"I just decided that I feel I can still make a contribution to the community as a private citizen," Stumbo said in an interview with The State Journal . "I will concentrate my time on the study of merged government and the revitalization of downtown."
Stumbo was appointed to the commission in 1996 for one year to fill the unexpired term of Bill May when he was elected mayor. Then she continued to seek re-election, winning in 1998 and in 2000.
As a commissioner, she helped push major projects through, including flood relief for Holmes Street, the West Frankfort drainage tunnel and improvements at Capitol View Park.
She also worked on the commission through such controversies as the conversion of St. Clair Street from a pedestrian mall to a one-way street, and the forced resignation of Ken Thompson as city manager.
For more on this story, see today's State Journal.