The City Manager manages the administration of the City of Hazard, a full-service municipal government, as directed by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners. He is responsible for all departments of the city government, overseeing a consolidated budget of $24,700,000 and a city payroll of over 150 employees. The City Manager also serves as the purchasing agent and the personnel director for the City of Hazard. The City Manager is directly involved in all levels of the day-to-day city operation, from coordinating multi-million dollar projects to answering questions about daily garbage pick-up. He is also responsible for the operations of Hazard Utilities and the certification of its operators and distributors.
Grady Varney, City Manager
Grady Varney is a 37-year resident of Hazard and is married to Velva Varney. They have two sons, Chris of Lexington Kentucky and Scott of Harrogate, Tennessee. They are memeber of the First Presbyterian Church. Prior to being City Manager, he worked in retail managemnt for 34 years and project manager at Hazard Housing Authority.
Paul Townes, Assistant City Manager
Paul Townes, a native of Hazard, has held the office of Assistant City Manager since the early 1980's. A graduate of Hazard High School, Mr. Townes completed his undergraduate degree (BS in Business Administration) at the University of Kentucky, and his Master's degree at the University of Louisville (MS in Community Development). Mr. Townes teaches computer classes part-time at Hazard Community College. He and his wife, Cecile, have two children (Lisa Townes Davidson and Chad Townes) and one grandaughter, (Alexa Ann Davidson).
City Treasurer / Secretary to the Mayor
Beverly Combs Maggard has worked for the City of Hazard over 25 years. In July 1988, Mrs. Maggard was employed as the Tax Administrator, and in 1993, she was appointed City Treasurer. For more than 20 years, she also served as the Executive-Secretary to Mayor William D. Gorman. Mrs. Maggard is a life-long resident of Hazard. She is a 1966 graduate of Hazard High School and attended Hazard Community College.
She was married to Rod Maggard, the former police chief of Hazard, who was Director of the Rural Law Enforcement Technology Center. She is an active member of Petrey Memorial Baptist Church with three daughters Lesley Buckner, Brandi Townsley, and Vali Dye and four grandchildren, Ali, Walker, Mitchell, Grayson and Eli.
Linda Steele has worked in City Hall since August 2008. Before becoming City Clerk, she was a substitute teacher for Hazard City Schools and a secretary for Steele's Auto Sales. She's a graduate of Pikeville High School and Pikeville College, majoring in General Business. She earned a teaching certificate in Middle School Education in English and Social Studies. Linda is a member of Smithsboro Baptist Church. She and her husband Rick have two children: Ricky Steele and Jaime Steele Coffey; and four grandchildren: Brooklyn Steele, Micah Steele, Lyla Coffey and Davis Webb Coffey.