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LPD chief tapped for Grayson County judge executive post

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By Rebecca Morris

A Grayson County native and longtime law enforcement officer has been tapped as Grayson County’s new judge executive.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Matt Bevin’s office announced he has appointed Leitchfield Police Chief Kevin Henderson to fill the vacancy created by the abrupt retirement of Judge Executive Gary Logsdon Aug. 1.
“I am sincerely appreciative of Gov. Bevin for appointing me to this important post,” Henderson said in the governor’s announcement. “I look forward to continuing to serve my community in this new role as county judge executive.”
He could not be reached for additional comment before The Record’s Tuesday afternoon printing deadline.
Henderson, 46, is a 1988 graduate of Grayson County High School and a Leitchfield native. He has more than 25 years of law enforcement experience, including service with the Leitchfield Police Department, Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Kentucky State Police.
He’s been Leitchfield’s police chief since March 2013, selected from a field of six candidates to replace the retiring Bart Glenn.
It was a homecoming of sorts: Henderson had previously served on the police department from 1993 to 2005. He then spent more than seven years with the state police before being named chief. He also served as a deputy sheriff in Grayson and Edmonson counties.
Henderson also owns and operates a general contracting company, Kevin Henderson Construction. He and his wife, Melissa, live in Leitchfield and are the parents of five children.
Henderson will serve as judge executive until the November 2018 election.
Logsdon, who’d been judge executive for more than 20 years, cited his age -- he turned 62 in July -- and health concerns related to his 2015 double-lung transplant in announcing his resignation. He and his identical twin, Larry, underwent double-lung transplants in early 2015. Each had been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Jason Dennis, a 15-year magistrate, was appointed by Grayson Fiscal Court as interim judge-executive pending the governor’s appointment. He could not be reached for comment at press time.
Earlier this month, the governor’s office confirmed that two people had applied for the vacancy. Dennis and Henderson independently confirmed they were those people.
The appointment sets up a series of decisions for Leitchfield officials: whether they will elevate an internal candidate to police chief or open the search to outside candidates, and who will head the department in the interim.
And it potentially sets up a contested race for judge executive in 2018. Dennis has been campaigning for the seat for the past year, and at least one other candidate in addition to Henderson has expressed interest in the spot.