By Hank Bond
The Greenup Beacon
Ron Fields has been elected mayor of the City of Flatwoods and has his eyes, mind and heart set on the future.
Ron was born to Calvin (C.J.} and Lorraine Fields at KDMC and has resided in Flatwoods for the past 15 years.
The mayor-elect is married to Barbara Fields. The couple has four girls: Sandy, Casaundra, Angie, and Jody.
Fields graduated from Raceland High School in 1969 and attended Ashland Community College, enrolling in numerous continuing education courses at various technical learning centers.
“I attended Advance Grade School and McDowell Elementary School. Some might still remember those schools, right here in Flatwoods.”
He is now retired.
“I retired from CSX as a Storeroom Supervisor in the Materials Department. I worked for area police departments and served as a volunteer firefighter on two local fire departments and was an E.M.T. in the early 1980s.”
Before being elected mayor, Fields served on Flatwoods City Council for two years.
Fields can make direct correlations in life’s success.
“It takes hard work and education to get anywhere in life - that's what I did - and that's how I got where I am today.
“I'm a lifelong learner and enjoyed learning different areas throughout life and what it takes to be a better person. I always tried to be an educated person. If I am interested in a job I learn imperative and secondary skills it to become better at it.”
The mayor’s position offers some new challenges.
“Now, with my election, Flatwoods is my project. Finding ways to make life easier, faster, simpler, and more enjoyable for the citizens and employees, while also cost-cutting.
“Long term goals remain to continue growing Flatwoods at a standard higher than surrounding cities. If you have good services you will grow.
“Keeping infrastructure in strong shape; offer easy access to area amenities, commerce, and cultural resources, are also items.
“Strong cities are an essential component to job creation, prosperity, and quality of life. My goal is to continue in that forward-pressing direction. I feel we must upgrade computers and IT systems; and add programs and activities at our two parks and Senior Citizens’ Center for the benefit of our children, families, singles, and seniors.
“We need our insurance provider to visit our city to identify and educate workers to reduce Workman’s Compensation claims - to share a list of risks, information on best practices, while also educating our employees on rules and regulations to cut Workman’s Comp claims.”
Fields has plans in other areas.
“I intend to strengthen our relations with Ashland Alliance and Kentucky Association for Economic Development to market Flatwoods as a town open for business.
“To achieve this takes vision, imagination, skills, and commitment. I shall communicate these visions – clearly, creatively, and continually with Flatwoods City Council Members and Flatwoods City Employees working together to fulfill the best for Flatwoods, continuing to grow in the right direction.
“I want to lead our city elected officials to act in promoting and protecting the health and welfare of our citizens to ensure quality of Life they deserve.”
Fields said he can identify when the process likely started.
“I feel my course was plotted long ago, starting with school teachers and all school teachers who influenced me throughout my learning and formative years. Military life made me stronger in my desires and proffered a broader outlook on areas of life.
“I was taught to think and overcome whatever gets in the way and find a way to improve myself as I go. I saw the outside world through life experiences.
“I always enjoy working with good people in the community. They offer very important information to help leaders stay on-top of any situation. Listening helps you correct issues in the community.
“People are smart and caring. One reaches reasonable goals by surrounding yourself with caring people. Most are overly-willing to help without question.
“Flatwoods is full of exceptional people, a dynamic group of Individuals who love their city and want to see it grow in the right direction, paving new paths.
“(now) Mayor Bobby Crager hired employees who enjoy their daily work. Our citizens wish to maintain an atmosphere of approval - being part of our team, belonging to, and taking part.
"Mayor Crager built a special team of professional workers who constantly are right there for the citizens.
“Personal responsibility, integrity, honesty, respect, and loyalty are terms to describe our employees, and our citizens should be proud of this. I want to offer them more encouragement along with more confidence.
“It's vital we build meaningful relationship with people and connect with our team. Our employees need to see all we can be as a city. Of course, this requires vision, imagination, skill, and commitment - knowing success arrives when people work together.”
Fields has an opinion on the past administration.
“Mr. Crager organized a team of fantastic department heads who prioritize time, tasks, resources, and people.
“They grasp infrastructures and facilities deteriorate; equipment wears-out, or becomes outdated.
“But, through these challenges, Flatwoods employees increase in personal value through job training and experience. They know that leadership is about advancing our team.”
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