Mayor Heaton is always interested in hearing the citizens of Bardstown's concerns and comments. If you have questions for the office of the mayor or would like to make an appointment, please contact Assistant City Clerk Gary Little at (502) 348-5947 ext. 2239 or firstname.lastname@example.org
J. Richard “Dick” Heaton is a lifelong resident of Bardstown, Kentucky. Dick attended Centre College in Danville Kentucky, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Management in 1976. After graduating, Dick started in the family business of Conway Heaton Inc. in Bardstown. Conway Heaton is a Ford, Chrysler, Dodge Ram, and Jeep dealership that was founded by his grandfather, J. F. Conway in 1919. Dick became a third-generation owner and dealer principle in 1982.
In 1999, Dick was elected to the Bardstown City Council and served three terms through 2006. In November 2006, he was elected Mayor of Bardstown and assumed office in January 2007. Mayor Heaton is the third generation of his family to serve as Mayor of Bardstown, following his grandfather James F. Conway who served from 1936-1945, and his uncle Gus Wilson who served from 1966-1990. Dick retired from office in 2010 due to health reasons. He returned to the political arena six years later, winning a seat on the City Council in November 2016. Dick was later appointed Mayor of Bardstown on April 18, 2017 to fill the unexpired term of then Mayor John Royalty.
Dick and his wife, Alice, have been married for 35 years. They have two sons, Jonathan and Nicholas.