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Fort Thomas’s newest city council member, Chuck Thompson, will take the oath of office and join the other members for the first time at the council’s monthly meeting tonight.
Thompson was appointed by the council to fill the vacant seat left by Adam Meier, who resigned in November after accepting the position of Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy under Governor Matt Bevin.
Thompson, who has lived in Fort Thomas since 1996, has been very active in the community – in particular in the Fort Thomas Independent Schools.
This isn't the first time Thompson has been selected to fill a vacated elected seat.
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In 2002, Thompson was selected by the Kentucky Board of Education to fill a vacant seat on the Fort Thomas School Board. Following his appointment, he was elected for two more terms, serving on the board until 2010.
Thompson has also been active in the Highlands High School Athletics Boosters Association, serving as president of the group for 4 years, and is a business owner in the city.
“I’ve always been involved in some type of community service, and I’m always willing to help any way I can,” Thompson said. “I think we’ve got a great city that is something to be proud of.”
It was that pride in Fort Thomas and his history of community service that led him to apply for the vacant council seat.
City Administrator Ron Dill said Thompson was one of 13 applicants that council considered for the position in an executive session in December.
“There were several good candidates,” said Councilman Ken Bowman. “It was not an easy decision.”
Bowman said that because of his experience in Fort Thomas and how much he cares about the city, Thompson seemed like the best choice.
Thompson said he has no particular agenda he hopes to accomplish during his time on council.
“I haven’t experienced any major shortcomings in the city or with the council,” Thompson said. “I just want to serve the city the best I can.”
Thompson said he does hope to help make the downtown area more vibrant with the addition of new shops and restaurants.
He will serve on the council until the term expires on December 31, but said he has already filed to run for council in the upcoming election.