Leaders from Pikeville recently visited Fort Mitchell. The outcome was a day of discovery and new relationships.
The distance between Fort Mitchell and Pikeville is 214 miles, but they’re not too far apart when it comes to the day-to-day management of a modern Kentucky city. City of Fort Mitchell Mayor Jude Hehman and Pikeville Mayor Jimmy Carter made a friendly lunch wager on the Kentucky Class A State Football Championship game in November 2018. In a great game, Fort Mitchell’s Beechwood Tigers defeated Pikeville’s Panthers, 21- 20. Regardless of the outcome, the idea was to bring the two cities together, which happened on March 1.
To make good on it, Carter, Pikeville City Manager Philip Elswick, Police Chief Chris Edmonds, Fire Chief Patrick Bentley and Public Safety Commissioner Phillip Reed traveled to Fort Mitchell, where they were hosted for the day by Mayor Hehman along with City Administrator Sharmili Reddy, Police Chief Andrew Schierberg and Fire Chief Adam Fuller. Pikeville Independent Schools Superintendent Jerry Green also joined the group, spending time with his counterpart Dr. Mike Stacy, Beechwood Independent School District superintendent, and Beechwood School Board member Jeanne Berger.
“It’s really fitting that this started with our schools,” Carter said. “That’s why we do what we do as city officials — to give our children and grandchildren future opportunities in our cities.”
“This challenge was really an excuse to share our experiences and learn from another community. There are always opportunities for doing things better and we learned a great deal from the Pikeville team,” Hehman said.