Yassney was elected as Russellville's mayor in 1998 and began serving in 1999. At that time, she was also working for Minit Mart Foods as a consultant. Her career with Minit Mart lasted 21 years until her recent retirement in November 2001.
She has served and continues to serve on various committees and boards including; CIMA, Main Street Russellville, Economic Development Commission, BRADD, Kentucky Infrastructure Authority) and the Russellville Housing Authority.
She is a member of the Concerned Citizens of Russellville and Logan County and is a Rotarian.
Yassney has been honored as an Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture and by the Kentucky Development Militia and Marquis "Who's Who of American Women." She received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Business Association.
She holds an associates degree in business.
Yassney is the daughter of Lawrence and Ida Utley and has two daughters, Patricia Payeur and Amy Kinser, both of Russellville. She attends Walnut Grove Baptist Church.
Shirlee Yassney says:
"The accomplishments during my term as mayor since 1999 can be attributed to the hard work and dedication of the city's employees as well as the citizens of Russellville.
"They have not only taken pride in rebuilding their city, but pride in the fact that they truly care about quality of life.
"Clean water, clean environment, better streets and sidewalks, a variety of seasonal activities and when needed a final resting place. These are all facets of a city that is working and growing.
"The citizens of this community have been and will continue to be the driving force of my attentions.
"I took this job in 1999, because I saw a need for change. I have enjoyed setting and reaching goals for this city and I will continue, if reelected, to help this city be a catalyst for home-town values, progressive futures and a home to be proud of."