From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Sheckles, William "Bill"

(born: 1954) 

In 2010, William Sheckles became the first African American mayor in Bardstown, KY.  Sheckles was born in Bardstown. He served on the city council for 12 years prior to running and winning the election for mayor. Sheckles is well known in Bardstown, he has owned a restaurant and he was a car salesman. He has also served as president of the Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials with the Kentucky League of Cities. In 2014, he was elected the first African American president of the Kentucky League of Cities. William "Bill" Sheckles is a graduate of Bardstown High School and he earned a B.S in business administration at Western Kentucky University (WKU). He lettered all four years as a baseball player at WKU. For more see M. Davis, "New Bardstown mayor gives how-to on a countywide coup," Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/07/2010, p.B1; and "A Resolution Honoring Bardstown Mayor William Sheckles," the Kentucky Senate [SR130].

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NKAA Entry: Kentucky Black Caucus of Elected Officials
NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)

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