Linda Ireland
Jim Phelps was congratulated by his granddaughters, Ryan Brooke Puckett and Emma Kate Puckett, after his final city council meeting.
Phelps reflects on 23 years as a city councilman

For the last 23 years, James Phelps Jr. knew exactly where he would be on the second Monday of each month: the Hodgenville City Council meeting.

This month, his tenure – possibly the longest tenure of a councilman – came to an end as a new crop of council members was sworn in.

Phelps, who was consistently the top vote-getter in a six-person panel, made the decision to run for mayor last summer. He lost by 92 votes to fellow councilman and interim mayor, Kenny DeVore.