Welcome to Burnside

My name is Robert H. Lawson. I am the Mayor of Burnside. Thank you for visiting our website and I hope you visit in person very soon. You will find that our small friendly community desires to be your first choice for a fun weekend or extended stay vacation. 

My wife, Susi Brooks Lawson, and I have 5 children and 10 grandchildren. Susi was born and raised in Burnside and I have been part of this community for many years. Burnside has a rich history and bright future and we would like for you to experience it firsthand.

I retired from Lendmark Financial Services where I spent 45 years in the finance industry. I also retired from the U.S. Army, where I served 22 years in the 100th Training Division. I look forward to putting those life experiences to work improving our city.

My overall vision for Burnside includes preserving our history while refreshing our towns look and infrastructure. Step back in to a fun 50’s and 60’s themed main street, festivals, trails, charming local businesses, Lake Cumberland, and adventure activities for your whole family. Who knows? Maybe you could be the next citizen or business owner in our city. If I can assist you, please contact City Hall Monday-Friday 8am-4pm or call 606-561-4113.

“Together we move forward.”

Robert H. Lawson

Mayor of Burnside

Meet Your City Council

Robert H. Lawson


Jerrica Flynn

City Clerk

Randy Berry

Carol Griffin

Keith Summers

Dwayne Sellers

Lula Jean Burton

George Bryant


Brian Watson

(picture coming soon)

Maintenance Supervisor

Utilities Department

David Staley

Utilities Superintendent

Dee Devual

Utilities Clerk

Eddie Phillips

Level 2 Water Plant Operator

Joey Murphy

Water Manager