Mayor Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Memory of Jim King

January 15, 2015

Mayor Greg Fischer this morning ordered flags on all Metro Government buildings to be lowered to half-staff in memory of Metro Council President Jim King, who died overnight.

The lowering occurred at 11 a.m. and the Mayor, along with Metro Council members, gathered at 5th and Jefferson for a moment of silence as the flags were lowered at Metro Hall and City Hall.

The Mayor said the city had lost a great leader and citizens with the passing of Jim King.

"Our entire city mourns the loss of Jim King — Metro Council President, loving husband, father and grandfather, businessman and entrepreneur. 

Jim helped guide our city through an important era in history -- the merger of city and county governments. Having been elected to Metro Council in 2004 shortly after merger, he was highly skilled as leader of the Metro Council for an unprecedented five years. He was a very effective steward of Metro Government and an especially strong leader for the Council and the city at large.

I am grateful for the very effective working relationship and friendship I had with Jim. He was a fierce advocate for the greater good of Louisville, and he often helped find common ground on issues of importance to our city. He was a man focused on achieving positive results and a man of great determination, good humor and quick wit. He and his wife, Debbie, were a dynamic civic-centered couple. They have been very generous to our city over many years. 

The ultimate measure of a person is the service they provide to others. Jim’s life has been one of service and his legacy will be helping to create a much better and brighter Louisville."