FULTON, KENTUCKY

Founded 1859, Incorporated 1872


The History of Fulton

The Chickasaw Indians were the first known inhabitants of what is now Western Kentucky and Northwestern Tennessee with the name, Pontotoc, which means the “Land of the Hanging Grapes.” In 1811, Andrew Jackson purchased thousands of acres that came to be known as the Jackson Purchase. The earliest records of Fulton were dated back to 1828, when Benjamin Franklin Carr acquired a land grant for 150 acres.

The first railroad deed was sold in 1857, and construction reached Pontotoc in 1859. At that time Fulton was referred to as the “end of the line” by the United States Government and all mail was addressed to this extent. In 1896, the Illinois Central Railroad owned the two railroad lines that crossed Fulton, which saw 30 passenger trains a day and 3,000 freight cars that picked up or delivered cargo. The freight cars would usually have bananas that would stop in Fulton to be
re-iced and then shipped to rest of the country. Through this process, Fulton became know as the "Banana Capital of the World".

The railroad is still an important part of Fulton moving two thousand cars a day. Today, the interstate system has become the greatest asset to the city. The interstate system has allowed the people of Fulton to diversify and come from all parts of the country to make their homes in Fulton.
Source: Chamber of Commerce of the Twin Cities

Organizational Structure of City Government


The City of Fulton uses an organizational structure known as The Commission Plan. Under this plan there is an elected officer who is called the mayor and four elected commissioners. With the mayor and the commission creates the city commission. The Commission Plan allows for the executive, administrative, and legislative authority of the city that is exercised by the city commission. Along with The Commission Plan there is a Manager Plan. This plan allows for the City Manager to have day-to-day responsibilities of the city while the commission is not meeting.

Elected Officials


The Mayor

1. Qualifications to be Candidate
In order to be a candidate for mayor, a person must be a resident of the city for not less than one year prior to the election

2. Qualifications to Hold Office
a. Must be 25 years of age, or older
b. Be a qualified voter in the city
c. Reside in the city throughout the term of office

3. Duties and Responsibilities of the Mayor in a Commission and Manager Plan
a. Preside at meetings of the legislative body
b. Call special meetings of the legislative body
c. Make and sign all bonds, notes contracts, and written obligations of the city
d. Acts as the ceremonial head of the city government and is recognized as the head of the city government by the Governor for purpose of military law

Legislative Body/Commissioners

1. Qualifications to be a Candidate
A person must be a resident of the city for not less than one year before the election.

2. Qualifications to Hold Office
a. Must be 21 years of age or older
b. Be a qualified voter in the city
c. Reside in the city throughout the term of office

3. Duties and Authorities of Legislative Bodies within the Commission and Manger Plan
The legislative body has all of the powers except for,
a. There is no veto power
b. No power to disapprove regulations promulgated by the mayor

Non-elected City Officials

 

City Clerk

1. Duties and Responsibilities
a. Maintenance and safekeeping of permanent records of the city
b. Possession of the seal of the city
c. Performance of all duties required of the city clerk by statute or ordinance

2. Tenure
a. Hired for an indefinite term; no fixed term of office is authorized
b. Serves as the executive authority


City Manager

1. Appointment
a. Must be appointed by the Board of Commissioners for indefinite term.

2. Status
a. Is the chief executive/administrative officer of the city
b. Exercises the executive powers and functions delegated by statute and ordinance
c. Directly responsible to the Board of Commission

3. Duties and Responsibilities
a. Enforce the city manager plan, city ordinances and statutes
b. Prepare, present and administer the annual budget
c. Maintain liaison with related units of local government relative to interlocal contracting and joint activities
d. Supervise all departments of the city
e. Recommend to the Board of Commissioners appointments, removal, and discipline of employees and officers
f. Perform all other duties imposed by the Board of Commissioners


City Attorney

1. In General
a. Serves as the city’s chief legal counsel
b. Advise city officials on legal matters pertaining to the interests of the city
c. Representing the city in legal actions in which the city is an interested party
d. Attendance at legislative body meetings when presence is requested

Source: Kentucky League of Cities: City Officials Legal Handbook, ed. 2005

Commitment to Citizens

 

To help ensure the citizens of Fulton can be proud of their community and its leaders, the City of Fulton is committed to the following:

1. The City is committed to providing our residents the highest quality infrastructure and services affordable in a professional, equitable and fiscally responsible manner.

2. The City is committed to ensuring a safe, healthy and peaceful community in which our citizens may live and work.

3. The City is committed to planned economic growth and strategic future planning.

4. The City is committed to treating our residents, businesses and industries with respect and fairness.

First Mayor and Councilmen:

1961 Mayor Nelson Tripp
Councilmen Guy Fry
Ward Johnson
J. O. Lewis
Charles Rice
O. L. Winstead
W. S. Atkins

City Manager form of government began January 1, 1962

Meetings were set at 1st Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

Later changed to 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:30 p.m.

Time changed to 7:00 p.m.

Time changed to 5:00 p.m. in 1993

Time changed to 5:30 p.m. in 2004

First meeting in new City Hall - January 26, 1976

First Mayor and Commissioners under City Manger form of government 1962

Mayor Nelson Tripp

Commissioners Bill Rice
Clarence Moline
Robert McClain
L. M. McBride ( resigned 3-26-62)
Nelson Tripp (replaced McBride)

City Attorney Rodney Miller

City Manager B. R. Baxter (resigned 8-1-62)
James Robey (hired 9-1-62)

City Treasurer Katherine Berryman
City Clerk Martha Smith

CITY MANAGERS AND TERMS
FROM :
TO:

1962-1983
1983-2008

B. R. Baxter
02-05-62
08-01-62

James B. Robey
09-01-62
03-02-64

Rollin Shaw
03-02-64
08-15-68

Joseph McCoy
08-11-69
12-11-69

Sturman Mackey
06-22-70
09-30-70

David Peace
05-22-72
02-18-73

James O. Martin
01-19-73
07-01-83

John Arntz
07-05-83
09-01-86

Richard I. Lewis
11-01-86
07-01-91

B. Roger Pulley
09-05-91
12-15-98

Brian Hightower
MM-DD-99
mm-dd-2002

John Ward
10-15-02
12-17-04(resigned)

Kenny Etherton
02-28-05
04-10-11

 

Mayor and Commissioners take office at the 1st of January

YEAR
MAYOR
CITY TREASURER
CITY CLERK

1902-1922 1923-1943 1944-1964 1965-1985 1986-2008

1902
J. F. Fall
John Tyler

1923
R. H. Wade
Thomas Chapman

1944
T. T. Boaz
Martha Smith

1965
Gilbert DeMyer
Katherine Berryman
Hazel Merryman

1986
James O. Martin
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice

1903
J. F. Fall
John Tyler
1924
R. H. Wade
Thomas Chapman
1945
T. T. Boaz
Martha Smith

1966
Gilbert DeMyer
Katherine Berryman
Hazel Merryman

1987
James O. Martin
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice
1904
J. F. Fall
C. L. Myrick
1925
R. H. Wade
Thomas Chapman
1946
T. T. Boaz
Martha Smith

1967
Gilbert DeMyer
Katherine Berryman
Hazel Merryman

Barbara Rice 8-8-64

1988
James O. Martin
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice
1905
J. F. Fall
C. L. Myrick
1926
W. O. Shankle
Thomas Chapman
1947
T. T. Boaz
Martha Smith

1968
Gilbert DeMyer
Katherine Berryman
Barbara Rice

1989
James O. Martin
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice
1906
U. S. Shackett
H. F. Taylor
1927
W. O. Shankle
Thomas Chapman
1948
T. T. Boaz
Martha Smith

1969
Gilbert DeMyer
Katherine Berryman
Barbara Rice

1990
James O. Martin
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice
Will H. Bondurant
1907
U. S. Shackett
H. F. Taylor
1928
W. O. Shankle
Thomas Chapman
1949
T. T. Boaz
Martha Smith

1970
Nelson Tripp
Katherine Berryman
Barbara Rice

1991
Will H. Bondurant
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice
1908
U. S. Shackett
J. P. Tyler
1929
W.O. Shankle
Thomas Chapman
1950
W. S. Atkins
Martha Smith

1971
Nelson Tripp
Katherine Berryman
Barbara Rice

1992
Will H. Bondurant
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice
Elaine Forrester

1909
R. M. Channing
J. P. Tyler
1930
Paul DeMyer
Thomas Chapman
1951
W. S. Atkins
Martha Smith

1972
Nelson Tripp
Katherine Berryman
Barbara Rice
Bettie Robey

1993
Elaine Forrester
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice

1910
J. F. Fall
J. P. Tyler
1931
Paul DeMyer
Thomas Chapman
1952
W. S. Atkins
Martha Smith

1973
Nelson Tripp
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice

1994
Elaine Forrester
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice
Shirley Bennett (7-1-94)

1911
J. F. Fall
J. P. Tyler
1932
Paul DeMyer
Thomas Chapman
1953
W. S. Atkins
Martha Smith

1974
Nelson Tripp
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice
L. C. Bone

1995
Elaine Forrester
Shirley Bennett
Barbara Rice

1912
J. F. Fall
J. P. Tyler
1933
Paul DeMyer
Mary Chapman
1954
W. T. Browning
Martha Smith

1975
L. C. Bone
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice

1996
Elaine Forrester
Shirley Bennett
Barbara Rice

1913
J. F. Fall
J. P. Tyler
1934
Paul DeMyer
Mary Chapman
1955
W. T. Browning
Martha Smith

1976
L. C. Bone
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice

1997
Elaine Forrester
Shirley Bennett
Barbara Rice (retired)

1914
R. M. Channing
J. R. Milner
1935
Paul DeMyer
Mary Chapman
1956
W. T. Browning
Martha Smith

1977
L. C. Bone
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice

1998
Elaine Forrester
Shirley Bennett
Chris Buckingham

1915
R. M. Channing
J. R. Milner
1936
Paul DeMyer
Mary Chapman
1957
W. T. Browning
Martha Smith

1978
L. C. Bone
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice

1999
Elaine Forrester
Shirley Bennett
Chris Buckingham

1916
R. M. Channing
J. R. Milner
1937
Paul DeMyer
Mary Chapman
1958
W. T. Browning
Martha Smith

1979
L. C. Bone
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice
Kenneth Turner

2000
Elaine Forrester
Shirley Bennett
Helen Lee

1917
R. M. Channing
J. R. Milner
1938
Paul DeMyer
Mary Chapman
1959
Nelson Tripp
Martha Smith

1980
Kenneth Turner
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice

2001
Elaine Forrester
Shirley Bennett
Helen Lee

1918
Joe Browder
R. T. Caldwell
1939
Paul DeMyer
Mary Chapman
1960
Nelson Tripp
Martha Smith

1981
Kenneth Turner
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice

2002
Elaine Forrester
Shirley Bennett
Helen Lee

1919
Joe Browder
R. T. Caldwell
1940
Paul DeMyer
Mary Chapman

1961
Nelson Tripp
Martha Smith

1982
Kenneth Turner
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice

2003
Eddie Crittendon
Shirley Bennett
Lisa Owens
Helen Lee

1920
Joe Browder
R. T. Caldwell
1941
Paul DeMyer
Mary Chapman
1962
Gilbert DeMyer
Katherine Berryman
Martha Smith
1983
Kenneth Turner
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice

2004
Eddie Crittendon
Lisa Owens
Helen Lee

1921
Joe Browder
R. T. Caldwell
1942
T. T. Boaz
Mary Chapman
1963
Gilbert DeMyer
Katherine Berryman
Hazel Merryman
1984
Kenneth Turner
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice

2005
Eddie Crittendon
Lisa Owens
Helen Lee

1922
R. H. Wade
Thomas Chapman
1943
T. T. Boaz
Mary Chapman
1964
Gilbert DeMyer
Katherine Berryman
Hazel Merryman
1985
Kenneth Turner
Bettie Robey
Barbara Rice

2006
Eddie Crittendon
Lisa Owens
Helen Lee

       

2007
Eddie Crittendon (Resigned Dec. 31, 2007)
Lisa Owens
Helen Lee

       

2008
Elaine Forrester (Interim Mayor Until Nov. 2008)
Lisa Owens
Helen Lee

2009
Dan Voegeli (Present)
Lisa Owens
Helen Lee

 

COMMISSIONERS

1962-1969 1970-1979 1980-1989 1990-1999 2000-present

1962

L. M. McBride (resigned March, 1962)

Robert McClain

Clarence Moline

Bill Rice

Nelson Tripp (filled McBride's term)

1970

Charles Gregory

Bob Craven

Charles R. Bennett

J. D. Hales





1980

Brenda Nanney

Robert Hailey

Don Campbell

Allen Gearhart

1990

Bill Robertson

Will H. Bondurant

Johnnie Vaughan

Bennie Gordon

2000

Duane (Pete) Morgan

Bill Robertson

Randal Adkins

Mitchell Reilly

1963

Charles R. Bennett

Robert McClain

Bill Rice

Clarence Molin

1971

Charles Gregory

Bob Craven

Charles R. Bennett

J. D. Hales

1981

Brenda Nanney

Robert Hailey

Don Campbell

Allen Gearhart

1991

Will H. Bondurant (appointed Mayor when Martin resigned)

Bill Robertson

Johnnie Vaughan

Bennie Gordon (died in office)

Elaine Forrester (filled Bondurant's term)

Betty Gordon (filled Bennie's term

2001-2002

George Frazier

Bill Smith

Eddie Crittendon

Mitchell Reilly

1964-1967

Charles R. Bennett

W. P. Burnette

William Scott

J. Ward Johnson

1972

Charles R. Bennett

Bob Craven

J. D. Hales

Paul Kasnow

1982

Brenda Nanney

Barkley Jones

Allen Gearhart

Arline Meacham

1992

Elaine Forrester (appointed Mayor when Bondurant resigned)

Bill Robertson

Johnnie Vaughan

Nancy Earle

Duane (Pete) Morgan (filled Forrester's term)

2003-2004

George Frazier

Bill Bard

Jason Gibbs

Mitchell Reilly

1968

William Scott

Charles Gregory

Bob Craven

Shelton Owens

1973

Charles R. Bennett

Bob Craven

J. D. Hales

Paul Kasnow

1983

Brenda Nanney

Barkley Jones

Allen Gearhart

Arline Meacham

1993

Bill Robertson

Johnnie Vaughan ( resigned September 93)

Nancy Earle

Duane (Pete) Morgan

Michael Farmer (replaced Vaughan 11-8-93)

2005

Jason Gibbs

William (Bill) Bard

Elaine Forrester

Mitchell Reilly

1969

William Scott Charles Gregory

Bob Craven

Shelton Owens

1974

Kenneth Turner

Paul Kasnow

Bob Craven

Dan Voegeli

1984

Barkley Jones

Arline Meacham

Randall Adkins

Allen Gearhart

1994

Duane (Pete) Morgan

Bill Robertson

Michael Farmer

Nancy Earle

2006

Jason Gibbs
William (Bill) Bard
Elaine Forrester
Mitchell Reilly

 

1975

Kenneth Turner

Paul Kasnow

Bob Craven

Dan Voegeli

1985

Barkley Jones

Arline Meacham

Randall Adkins

Allen Gearhart

1995

Duane (Pete) Morgan

Bill Robertson

Michael Farmer

Nancy Earle

2007

Jeff Vaughn
Elaine Forrester (Interm Mayor effective Jan. 1, 2008)

Michael Farmer

Alex Noffel Jr.

Doug Fisette (For Elaine’s term voted in on 12-10-07)

 

1976

Kenneth Turner

Dan Voegeli

Bob Craven

Dollie Morgan

1986

Mike Butts

Bill Robertson

L. W. Duncan

Pat Frazier

1996

Duane (Pete) Morgan

Bill Robertson

Michael Farmer

Nancy Earle

2008

Jeff Vaughn

Michael Farmer

Alex Noffel Jr.

Doug Fisette (interm until election 11-04-08)

 

1977

Kenneth Turner

Dan Voegeli

Bob Craven

Dollie Morgan

1987

Mike Butts

Bill Robertson

L. W. Duncan

Pat Frazier

1997

Duane (Pete) Morgan

Bill Robertson

Randal Adkins

Mitchell Reilly

2009

Jeff Vaughn

Michael Farmer

David Prater

Martha Poe Vowell

 

1978

Kenneth Turner

Robert Hailey

Dan Voegeli

Robert Goodwin

1988

Bill Robertson

Pat Frazier

Mike Butts

Will H. Bondurant

1998

Duane (Pete) Morgan

Bill Robertson

Randal Adkins

Mitchell Reilly

 
 

1979

Kenneth Turner

Robert Hailey

Dan Voegeli

Robert Goodwin (resigned)

Dollie Morgan

1989

Bill Robertson

Pat Frazier

Mike Butts (resigned)

Will H. Bondurant

Duane (Pete) Morgan (filled Butts' term)

1999

Duane (Pete) Morgan ?

Bill Robertson ?

Randal Adkins ?

Mitchell Reilly

 

 

BUDGETS

1963-1972 1972-1981 1981-1991 1991-2000 2000-2011

1963-64
392,581.00

1964-65
430,286.00

1965-66
491,376.00

1966-67
471,493.00

1967-68
456,546.00

1968-69
572,813.00

1969-70
559,464.00

1970-71
572,813.00

1971-72
559,594.00

1972-73
646,937.00

1973-74
696,936.00

1974-75
751,575.00

1975-76
1,484,726.00

1976-77
1,377,570.00

1977-78
1,630,936.00

1978-79
1,644,043.00

1979-80
2,785,581.00

1980-81
1,763,192.00

1981-82
1,966,391.00

1983-84
2,880,243.00

1985-85
2,580,696.00

1986-86
2,840,856.00

1986-87
2,606,503.00

1987-88
2,645,840.00

1988-89
2,992,875.00

1989-90
2,775,325.00

1990-91
2,771,000.00

1991-92
3,125,825.00

1992-93
3,470,152.00

1993-94
3,149,090.00

1994-95
3,708,418.00

1995-96
3,500,692.00

1996-97
3,580,508.00

1996-98
3,615,481.00

1998-99 3,704,638.00

1999-2000 3,457,990.00

2000-2001 3,737,889.00

2001-2002 4,089,772.00

2002-2003 4,857,581.00

2003-2004 4,037,233.00

2004-2005 3,940,553.00

2005-2006 3,930,785.00

2006-2007 4,640,112.00

2007-2008 4,658,029.00

2008-2009 5,026,539.00

2009-2010 4,490,827.00 (AMENDED TO 5,490,827 $1 MILLION GRANT FOR HOUSING

2010-2011 4,246,592.00