Incoming Council Members Face Steep Learning Curve

Nov 8, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A third of the seats in Lexington’s Urban County Council will be occupied by new members next year. Vice Mayor Linda Gorton says getting them up to speed can be a challenge.

One, Jennifer Mossotti, is a former council member who knows the ropes, but the remaining three, the 2nd district’s Shevawn Akers, Jennifer Scutchfield in the 7th, and the 10th district’s Harry Clarke, are all newcomers. Gorton will meet with them in the coming weeks and make committee assignments.

"The amount of information they have to absorb in the first six to eight weeks and then six to twelve months is huge, and it's everything they can do to figure out everything that's going on," the Vice Mayor says.

The incoming members will attend an overall orientation, and some will hold meetings with outgoing council members during the transition. Akers, Scuitchfield, Clarke, and Mossotti will also arrive at the beginning of the budget cycle, a time Gorton says will test new members.