Kentucky Mayor Resigns Following Drug Charges

Danny Sparks
Danny Sparks

OLIVE HILL, Ky. (AP) — The mayor of a small eastern Kentucky city has resigned following an arrest on a drug trafficking charge.

The Independent ( reports the Olive Hill City Council accepted the resignation on Tuesday of Danny Sparks, who was arrested six days earlier. Sparks didn’t attend the brief meeting and did not mention his arrest in his hand-written resignation letter, which cited only “present circumstances” for stepping down.

Immediately after accepting Sparks’ resignation, the council voted to appoint council member Kenny Fankel to serve out the rest of Sparks’ term, which ends in December 2014.

The newspaper reports a large crowd attended the meeting and applauded when Fankel was appointed as mayor.

He was sworn in immediately after the meeting.

“There are a lot of mixed emotions, but we need to move forward and that’s what we intend to do,” said Fankel, who has served as a council member for 12 years.

He said the arrest wouldn’t have any long-term negative effects on the city. Fankel said he plans to begin his duties by meeting with department heads to discuss budget issues.

“People are ready to move on,” he said.