Acting county judge executive named

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By Rebecca Morris

During a special meeting Aug. 2, Grayson County magistrates selected one of their own to serve as acting county judge executive.

Jason Dennis likely will hold the office at least until the end of August. Under state law Gov. Matt Bevin has 60 days to name a long-term interim judge executive to replace Gary Logsdon, who abruptly retired Aug. 1.

The governor's apointee will serve out the rest of Logsdon's term, which expires in late 2018.

The motion to select Dennis was made by Presto Gary and seconded by Harold Johnson. It was approved unanimously by the magistrates present -- Bill Skaggs was unable to attend the meeting.

"I appreciate you guys for putting the trust in me to handle the job for however long it might be," Dennis said after the vote. "It really means a lot to me."

County attorney Clay Ratley, who'd chaired the meeting in the absence of a judge executive, administered the oath of office to Dennis following the vote.

Dennis publicly declared his intention to run for judge executive in the 2018 election several months ago and has made campaign appearances in area parades.

He has been a magistrate for 15 years.

Amanda Stamper, Gov. Bevin’s communications director, said Aug. 4 that the governor will pick someone to serve the remaining months of Logsdon’s terms from applications submitted to the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions.

Holly Hovillion of the Boards and Commissions office explained those interested in the position must apply online at http://governor.ky.gov/services/boards-commissions/. Once they’re on the website they need to click on the “Boards and Commissions Registration” link on the right side of the page.

Applicants will then be directed to a disclaimer page requesting their Social Security numbers. Once registered they’re taken to a page with a drop-down menu of the bodies the governor has appointing powers for.

After selecting “County Judge Executive” they’ll see an application requesting biographical information, education, political involvement and other personal details. They also are given the chance to upload a resume.

Hovillion confirmed that as of Aug. 4 two applications for the Grayson County position had been received, but said she couldn’t release the names.

Hovillion said the office’s staff reviews applications and generally meets with Bevin every two to three weeks to pass along the names of those qualified.

Also Aug. 4, fiscal court held a short special meeting to re-hire county secretaries and clerical workers, a move Dennis said was part of the fallout of Logsdon’s Aug. 1 resignation.

Logsdon, who had been judge executive for more than 20 years, cited health issues and his age as reasons for stepping down.