Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Wesley Shull, left, is sworn in as Leitchfield Public Works Director by Leitchfield City Clerk/Treasurer Lori Woosley, following Monday night's city council meeting.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Wesley Shull, left, is sworn in as Leitchfield Public Works Director by Leitchfield City Clerk/Treasurer Lori Woosley, following Monday night's city council meeting.

The city of Leitchfield named its new Public Works director and honored a former city police chief Monday night.

Wesley Shull, who has served as interim Public Works Director since January of this year, was named permanent Public Works Director/Planning & Zoning Administrator by the Leitchfield City Council during its regular meeting Monday night.

Shull has worked for the city of Leitchfield for 21 years, beginning his career in January of 1998. He was sworn in as Public Works Director by Leitchfield City Clerk/Treasurer Lori Woosley after the city council adjourned its meeting.

The city council also honored a former Leitchfield Police Chief during its meeting Monday.

Sherman Wilkerson, who served as Leitchfield Police Chief from 1960 until March of 1967, was presented a key to the city of Leitchfield by Leitchfield Mayor Rick Embry and current Leitchfield Police Chief Bryan Langdon.

Wilkerson started his career with the department in 1956 as a night patrolman. During his service, Wilkerson sustained multiple injuries in the line of duty, including a concussion and a life-threatening knife wound.

Wilkerson said he appreciated the recognition.

In other business, the city council:

*Accepted a bid from Pierce Manufacturing for a new tanker truck for the Leitchfield Fire Department. The tanker will cost $266,750 and be paid for entirely by county fire dues, Embry said.

*Entered into executive session to discuss personnel. Upon returning to regular session, Leitchfield City Attorney Dennie Fentress said no action was taken. While nothing discussed during the session was announced publicly, loud disagreements could be heard emanating from the closed council meeting room.

*Received an update on the city's mural project from Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson, who said a draft of the mural should be ready within the next two weeks.

Additionally, Johnson said, after painting begins, the project should take no more than eight to 10 weeks to complete.

*Approved the second and final reading of an amended ordinance raising the minimum cost before a purchase must be publicly bid from $20,000 to $30,000.

*Agreed to have a number of city vehicles present at the second annual Grayson County Touch-A-Truck, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Grayson County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., per event organizer Jayme Pharis's request. The free event is open to all ages. For more information, call 270-868-0537.

*Voted to give raises to two city employees.