Browse Interviews (35 total)

Arson Moore, a Bullitt County native, details his experiences as County Judge Executive in this interview. He was initially appointed to a position on the Fiscal Court after his father passed away while in office. Interview topics include discussions over Bullitt County's status as a "bedroom county" for Jefferson county, the perceived damages that…

In this interview, Austin Wenz, a Mason County native, details his family history, education, the reasons he entered into politics and the offices he has held. Interview topics include conversations over the predominantly farming population of Mason County, the Judicial Referendum and a comparison of the old and new systems, the positive roads,…

In this interview, C. B. Clark Jr., a Webster County native, discusses his public service career, which included terms as a County Magistrate, Deputy Sheriff and County Judge Executive. Interview topics cover a wide range of subjects, including the Judcial Referendum, his election campaign, the coal industry's influence in the county, library…

In this interview, Carl Meece comments on his family background, his decision to enter politics, and the tragic killing of his mother by a drunk driver. Meece also comments extensively on his election to sheriff, his corresponding job duties, tax collection trends, his campaign for Judge Executive, revenue sharing and a reasoned dissatisfaction…

This interview with Claude Willen, a Methodist Minister, explains why and how he became involved in politics. He discusses his decision to run for County Judge in a special election that was held after the sitting Judge died in office. He also comments on the resulting job duties he had while serving.

This interview details Dale Roberts' personal background, education, Baptist ministry service and his opinions on the Judge Executive position in Owsley County. Other topics include the newly constructed court house, the county jail, elderly housing, President Jimmy Carter, and election campaigns. Roberts viewed garbage collection, housing, and…

In this interview, Danny Brewer, a Wolfe County native, discusses his education and family history, and his family's political involvement, which began with his father's County Judge seat, and continued once Brewer replaced his father. Other topics include his and his father's election campaigns and strategies, Brewer's National Guard Service, and…

In this interview, David McBride, Editor of the Ohio County Times, discusses his getting into the newspaper business, the history of the newspaper, and his relationships with the school systems and Fiscal Court. He also comments on industry in the county.

Don Bingham commments on his political background and public service career in this interview. He comments on his good working relationship with the Knox County Fiscal Court and other professional working relationships. He also talks about his heart condition, the five heart attacks he has suffered, and his satisfaction with the Judicial…

In this interview, Earl Glenn, a Grayson County native, discusses his 24 year banking career and his time as the County Judge Executive. He comments extensively on the Fiscal Court, the Judicial Referendum, Grayson County's social and political profile, and the functions of county government and services.

Edward Taylor was elected County Judge in 1965, and served from 1966-1970. This interview contains a discussion over the Judicial Referendum, and other prevalent Clinton County problems, such as crime patterns that, in his opinion, resulted from economic inflation.

Floyd Hooks, a Lyon County native, discusses his terms as County Judge and Judge Executive in this interview. Interview topics include discussions over his former teachers, how he dealt with juveniles, the powers of the Fiscal Court, and his typical job duties. He also commments extensively on the county's ambulance and recreation services, the…

In this interview, George Hall, an Estep KY native, details his personal background, education, employment history, and reasons for entering into public service in Boyd County. He also discusses his election campaigns, juvenile problems, federal grants for coal removal, using inmates to help clear land, the Judicial Referendum and Fiscal Court.

In this interview, Hershel Brown details his upbringing in a political family, and his reasons for running for County Judge in 1949, which he, in fact, did not enjoy. Brown also discusses his election campaign, his calls for "clean elections", Governor Louie B. Nunn, and the changes he would make to the County Judge's position if given the…

Hollie Warford Sr., an Anderson County native, discusses his personal background and 16 year tenure as the County Judge and Judge Executive in this interview. Interview topics include discussions over the Judicial Referendum, local distilleries and industry, and Anderson County revenue sharing, Fiscal Court, churches, residents, and services.

In this interview, J. D. Jones, a Caldwell County native, discusses his single term as County Judge and his three nonconsecutive terms as County Sheriff. He also comments on his grandfather and father's service as sheriff, the Judcicial Referndum, recent county growth, the Fiscal Court and the Pennyrille AD District.

In this interview, Jake Jordan, a Lawrence County native, discusses his work history and political experiences as a County Sheriff, County Judge, and County Judge Executive. Interview topics include discussions over county and state elections and politics, and his memories of "working the polls". While working the polls at age 16 Jordan let his 11…

In this interview, James Edelen, editor of the Sentinel News, discusses the rising cost of publishing a paper and the main role of the newspaper in the community.

In this interview, James Hampton, Superintendent of Knox County Schools, discusses his educational experience and his duties as Superintendent in Knox County.

In this interview, Ledford Karr details his family background, Wyoming CCC service in 1930s, his United States Army service, and his political career in Laurel County. Karr was elected Laurel County Judge Executive in 1974 after two terms of service as its Magistrate. He comments on the need for long and short term road repair, the pains of…

In this interview, Mr. Lou Derossett, editor of the Middlesboro Daily News, recollects his experiences as a newsman, and discusses the operation of a daily newspaper.

Matt Blackard discusses his family history, education, and his 40 years in politics in this interview. He comments extensively on the state and local judicial systems, the Judicial Referendum, former Governor "Happy Chandler", and revenue sharing, which supports both the ambulance and patrol services. Additional interview topics cover what is…

In this interview, Mitchell McConnell, an Alabama native and future Senate Majority Leader, details his education, a Department of Justice appointment under President Gerald Ford, and his interests in politics. He comments extensively on the Judicial Referendum, the problems that Jefferson County faces, the "crucial" benefits of revenue sharing and…

In this interview, Nim Henson, a Breathitt County native, details his family, employment history and public service career. He discusses judicial job duties, the Judicial Referendum, Fiscal Court, the advantages and disadvantages of the coal industry, Revenue Sharing, and county growth. He concludes that a lack of garbage collection, adequate…

R. R. Thomas, a Hardin County native, discusses his military service record, education, and public service career, which began with a 8 year stint as County Clerk and culminated in a successful County Judge election in 1970. He comments on his accomplishments since 1970, how the county was run in the past, the KY Fiscal Court, and the major…

Randall Donahue, a Nelson County native, comments on his political career in both state and local politics in this interview. Donahue served as a city councilman, Mayor, and state senator prior to becoming the Marion County Judge Executive. In the interview he discusses the Judicial Referendum, the county's need for local industry, the predominant…

Robert Harrod, a Franklin County native, relates his experiences as a lawyer, County Judge and County Judge Executive in this interview. Interview topics include his family, education, his predecessor and the embezzlement case he faced, the Fiscal Court, House Bill #44, local industry, and Revenue Sharing. He also coments on Franklin County…

In this interview, Russell Stephens, a Harrison County native, discusses his career as the County Judge and County Judge Executive, a position he was appointed to after the suicide of his predecessor, Judge Carl Nyan. Additional topics include his family history, farming, his satisfaction with the Judicial Referendum changes, Fiscal Court…

Samuel Phillips, a Taylor County native, details his life experiences and Taylor County public service career in this interview. He comments extensively on the Judicial Referendum, his election campaigns, the Fiscal Court, and the major problems that Taylor County faces, such as inadequate ambulance services, roads, and recreation facilities.…

In this interview, Sherman Dean discusses his family background, his school board service from 1962-69, farming, the insurance industry, and the election campaign that won him the Judge Executive position in Jessamine County in 1977. Dean concludes that the Judicial Referendum is good for the judge position, but he prefers the old structure. Other…

In this interview, W. Butcher, a Western Kentucky University grad, discusses the major problems he faced as Judge, which include, but are not limited to, poor roads and bridges, and ambulance service development issues. Butcher also comments on his preference for Judicial Referendum, the pains of excessive paperwork, and local road repair demands.

In this interview, Wendell Moore, an Oldham County native, discusses his education and Oldham County public service career as both a county magistrate and Judge Executive. Interview topics include discussions over the Judicial Referendum, Oldham County growth, and the major problems the county faces, such as poor roads and waste disposal systems,…

In this interview, William Sternberg discusses his employment before becoming judge, the Judicial Referendum, and the benefits of the Blue Grass Area Development Association.

This interivew details Willie Hendrickson's experiences as a basketball coach, teacher, and politician in Bell County. He also comments on his time at EKU, and, relevant Bell County politics, fiscal shortfalls, road conditions, and federal funding trends. The interview also captures Hendrickson's unhappiness with the Judicial Referendum, which took…
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