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About Mayor Bill Sheckles


Bill was born and has lived the majority of his life in Bardstown, Ky. In 1972, he graduated from Bardstown High School and went on to attend Western Kentucky University, where he lettered 4 years on the University's baseball team. He graduated in 1976 with a BS degree in Business Administration. After managing an insurance company in Bowling Green for 7 years, Bill moved back to Bardstown with his beautiful wife Linda, whom he has been married to for 31 years and they have two grown children, Megan and Wesley.

The past 27 plus years, Bill has been the sales leader at Conway-Heaton Automotive.  For 8 years until 2009, Bill and Linda owned and operated Still Bill's Restaurant here in Bardstown. He also spent the past 12 years as a Bardstown City Councilman, where he chaired the Safety (Police and Fire Depts) and Housing Committees. He was also an active member of the Utilities Committee and Joint City-County Recreation Board.

Bill's statewide affiliations include being appointed as an Executive Board Member of the Kentucky League of Cities and has also served two terms as President of the Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (KBC-LEO). In March of 2011, Bill was also appointed by Governor Steve Beshear to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council.  Locally, some of Bill's many affiliations include:


Nelson Co Democratic Executive Committee member
President of Buttermilk Days Foundation, Inc.
Board Member - Bardstown Foundation of Excellence in Public Education
Trustee of First Baptist Church of Bardstown
Past President of Nelson Co Youth Football Association
Past President of 19th Hole Golf Club, Inc.
Bardstown Kiwanis Club Member since 1988

In the November 2010 General Election, Bill was elected as the first African-American Mayor of the City of Bardstown. Bill feels two of his greatest assets as Mayor are his knowledge of this city, having been both an employee and an employer here and his 12 years experience as a Bardstown City Councilman, where he developed a great understanding of the inner workings of our local government. But most importantly, Bill feels his common sense approach to problem-solving will be his greatest strength in tackling the challenging issues that the City of Bardstown faces today and the upcoming future.