Now Ricks’s daughter, Emily Fitzsimmons, 33, is hoping she can honor the man whom so many loved by serving in his place. At the April 1 council meeting, Mayor Lyn Bailey recommended the appointment of Fitzsimmons to finish her father’s term of office, and the council voted unanimously to do so.
Fitzsimmons told The Cadiz Record that Bailey approached her on March 30, the day of Ricks’s funeral, about taking his seat on the council. She readily agreed, saying that she thought Ricks would have been proud. She said that even before he became sick, the two of them had discussed the possibility of running for public office or serving the community in some other capacity.
“It’s a huge honor and a privilege,” Fitzsimmons said. “My dad had a love for public service that goes back to when he worked at Fort Campbell. He believed in serving the community, and he wanted to make strides to benefit the city and people who lived there.”
After Fitzsimmons graduated from Trigg County High School in 1992, she attended Hopkinsville Community College until starting classes at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green in 1995. She said she met her husband, Michael Fitzsimmons, in 1997 and the two of them moved from Bowling Green to his hometown of Hopkinsville in after he graduated in 1999. They married in 2002 and moved to Cadiz in 2004. She works as a paralegal for the Hopkinsville law firm of Deatherage, Myers & Lackey, and is also a paralegal for Eighth District State Representative John Tilley (D-Hopkinsville). She said she has been with the firm since 2006 and worked as District Judge Jamus Redd’s paralegal before that.
Fitzsimmons said she hopes to follow in her father’s footsteps. She will most likely get a chance before the council’s next regular meeting because of a special called meeting on April 15. When The Cadiz Record last spoke to her on Monday, Fitzsimmons said she wasn’t sure when the mayor planned to swear her in, and didn’t know for certain whether or not she would be able to preside over that meeting. On Monday afternoon, Bailey said that he had not yet reached Fitzsimmons to talk to her about that detail. He said it was his intention to get her on the council as soon as possible, preferably before the April 15 meeting is called to order.
Learn more about new City Councilperson Fitzsimmons in this week's Cadiz Record.