City Council

Mary Ethel Wooton

Mayor Pro Tem / City Commissioner

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This quote from Gandhi has been the guiding principle of my professional and public careers. After graduation from UK, I taught English and U. S. History in Atlanta, Memphis, and Louisville. Upon retirement, I came home to Hyden to work with others to make a difference in the lives of children. In addition to the city commission, I serve on the board of directors for the Frontier Nursing Service and COLLY, an organization dedicated to the betterment of children in our county. I want our young people to grow up in a nurturing environment, prepare themselves for a life’s profession, and return home to make Hyden a better place.


Willard Dwayne Adams

City Commissioner

I was born in Hyden in 1966, and grew up on Dogwood Street, of which I currently reside.  In 1984, I graduated from Leslie County High School.  A couple of months later, I began working at a local hardware store.  This store is now our family owned business.  I enjoy hunting and fishing with my family.  I also love to cook.  During football and basketball season, I broadcast the games for our local radio station.  As one of the Commissioners, I am proud to be a part of the great things going on in the City of Hyden.

Carol Lewis Joseph

City Commissioner

My name is Carol Lewis Joseph.  I am originally from Wolfe County.  My parents are Andy and Mary Graham.  I first came to Hyden when I met my husband.  Subsequently, I went back to college and majored in education and taught in Leslie County for fifteen years.  I then taught for twelve years in Wolfe County until I retired.  I currently reside in Hyden with my husband, William Peyton Joseph.  We have two daughters, Danielle and Fran Lewis, and one granddaughter, Micah Maggard.  I am proud to call Hyden my home and I am looking forward to serving the people of Hyden.

Franklin James Morgan

City Commissioner

As City Commissioner of Hyden, my name is Franklin James Morgan.  I was born in Lynch, Kentucky, on August 28, 1954 to the late James and Mickie Morgan.  We moved to Hyden in October of 1962 and have been here to the present time.  I attended Lynch Independent School and Hyden Elementary.  I graduated from the Leslie County High School in 1972.  I am currently going into my third term and enjoy serving and representing the people of Hyden.