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Thayer Presented "Friend of Kentucky Cities" Award for Work on #freeCERS Legislation

State Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) was presented a 2020 Friend of Kentucky Cities award at Williamstown City Hall.

Mayor Rick Skinner and City Administrator Laura McClanahan were joined by Kentucky League of Cities Executive Director/CEO J.D. Chaney and the organization's director of governmental affairs, Bryanna L. Carroll, in the presentation.

KLC gives out the award to state legislators who "perform outstanding work in the legislature advocating for issues that impact cities across the state."

Thayer was noted for his work on House Bill 484, in which municipal leaders advocated for more control over the future of their state pension system.

“The measure would not have secured final passage if not for the advocacy of Senator Thayer,” Carroll said. “He has long championed the effort to protect the County Employees Retirement System. It is because of Senator Thayer and other advocates in the legislature that efforts are now underway to establish an autonomous CERS Board of Trustees.”

“He is someone we can count on to be there for the local governments that he represents in Frankfort,” Chaney said. “We cannot stress enough how instrumental he is to cities and KLC’s efforts to protect home rule.”

“I am always proud to advocate and support legislation that serves to improve cities within the 17th Senate District,” said Thayer. “It is an honor to receive this recognition from the Kentucky League of Cities, as their efforts continue to leave a positive impact on local communities throughout the commonwealth. I am eager to continue working with them on legislative avenues that will restore, protect and advance Kentucky’s cities in the 2021 Regular Session.”

Thayer is the Republican Majority Floor Leader in the Senate and his district stretches from Scott Co. north to southern Kenton Co., and includes Grant Co.

-Staff report

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