Browse Interviews (71 total)

Zellner Cossey, a Trigg County native, discusses his family history and 18 years in public service in this interview. He comments extensively on his experiences as a Trigg County Judge, then Sheriff and County Judge Executive. Special attention is paid to the "unique qualities" of Trigg County, the Judicial Referendum, local healthcare issues, the…

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…

William Williams, a Lyon County native, discusses his Lyon County public service career in this interview. Interview topics include the Judicial Referendum and Willams' job duties as Judge Executive, revenue sharing, major county problems, such as, waste removal and inadequate police and ambulance services, House Bill 44, and, lakes and recreation.

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

In this interview, William Froehlich discusses his family and employment history prior to becoming Judge Executive of Daviess County. He comments on his initial public service position as County Commissioner, his professional relationships with state and city governments, the major traffic and infrastructure problems the county faces, the costs of…

William Edmunds discusses his interests in politics, and his Christian County public service career in this interview. Interview topics include the Judicial Referendum, revenue sharing and CETA, and relevant county industry and services, including a youth program and recreation. He also comments on Fort Campbell's influence in the area.

Wilbur Lee, a McClean County native, describes his early life, previous farming experieneces, and public service career inthis interview. Interview topics include discussions over his election campaigns and corresponding accomplishments, the Judicical Referendum, local employment trends, and the various problems the county faces, in particular poor…

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,…

Wayne T. Rutherford discusses his family background, previous work in the State Department of Corrections and his tenure as the Pike County Judge Executive in this interview. Interview topics cover a wide range of relevant county services, such as waste removal, the volunteer fire department and senior citizen programs, and the Judicial Referendum.…

In this interview, Martin County native Victoria Kirk comments on her husband Willie's 30 years in the coal industry, his experiences as both a Martin County Judge and Judge Executive, and her role as County Treasurer. Interview topics include the major concerns for the county, which include recreation access, poor ambulance services and the…

In this interview, Troy Hampton discusses his experiences as a County Coroner and Judge, and his preference for the Judicial Referendum. He also details his judicial accomplishments, local juvenile trends, and his thoughts on how the courts are not properly equipped to handle the growing problems that the county faces.

Theron Kessinger, a Ohio County native, details his personal background and the four terms he served in the KY House of Representatives in this interview. He also comments on the Jucicial Referndum, and, Ohio County's roads problem, recent population growth, and its housing program.

This interview details Terrill Flanagan's education, military service, and role in the Russell County Democratic Party. He was the first Democrat to be elected as Judge Executive since the Judicial Referendum. Topics include his reasons for entering politics, his corresponding election campaign, and former judges. Flanagan also comments on the fire…

Sid Williams, a Knott County native, details his family history, military service record, work history and political career in this interview. Interview topics include the Judicial Referendum, his experiences as a natural gas drilling contractor, and his relevant contributions while in office, which include a new jail, medical clinic, nursing home,…

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…

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, Sam Swartz, a Bath County native, discusses his family history, the reasons he got involved in politics, the Judicial Referendum, and his career as both a County Judge and County Judge Executive for Menifee County. Swartz also comments extensively on his appreciation for "politicking", local industries and employment trends, and…

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…

In this interview, Roy Bailey, a Bath County native, details his family history, World War II military service record, and his experiences as both a County Judge and Judge Executive. He comments on his support for former Governor Julian Carroll, his failed State Representative election campaign, his successful run for County Judge in 1974, the…

In this interview, Roy Baber details his family history and education, and his positive attitude the changes that resulted from the Judicial Referendum. Baber comments extensively on his job duties, Bourbon County's under employment problem, increased recreation demands, public housing projects, and waste disposal services. Discussions over…

In this interview, Robert Westrick, the Carroll County Judge Executive, discusses his personal background, and his education and employment history prior to becoming Judge Executive. During a discussion over the judicial system changes he reveals that he preferred the pre-Referendum system over the new structure. Additional topics include water,…

In this interview, Robert Collins, a Letcher County native, discusses his family history, education, and decisions to become a County Judge and County Judge Executive. He also comments on his working relationships with former Governors Earl Clements and Bert T. Combs, and his predecessor, Judge Bennett Adams. Other interview topics include a…

Robert Brown, a Logan County native, details his personal background, education, and Logan County public service career in this interview. He comments extensively on his interest in politics, offices he held, which include magistrate and County Judge Executive, and the pros and cons of his position. He also discusses Logan County industries and…

Richard Ousley, a Greenup County native, details his family history and his political career in this interview. He was the last county judge under the old system and the first elected Judge Executive since the Judicial Referendum, which took effect in 1977. Ousley discusses, amongst other topics, the difficulties of long hours under the old system,…

Raymond Schutlz, a Green County native, explains his reason for getting into politics, and his job duties as County Judge Executive in this interview. Other interview topics include the Judicial Referendum, local industry, major county concerns, such as poor roads, and, the benefits of recreation, public housing, and river traffic.

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…

In this interview, Ralph McClanahan discusses various topics from his military service to owning a movie theater. He comments extensively on how he got interested in politics, his two terms in the Kentucky State Legislature, and his election campaign for County Judge. He also comments on the Judicial Referendum, gubernatorial races, and the dire…

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…

Paul Madden, the Hancock County Attorney, discusses the Judicial Referendum, former County Judge Charles Miller, and Hancock County tax rates, problems, and geography in this interview.

In this interview, Nancy Botts discusses Barren County and the life and public service career of her boss, County Judge Executive Dale Burchett. She comments on Burchett's background and the issues the county faces, such as problems with the ambulance service, and fire and roads departments, the lack of a housing program and the pains of county…

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…

Lowell Cline, a WV native and long time Carter County resident, discusses his family, education, mortician training, and experiences in Carter County politics and public service in this interview. He comments on his election campaigns, the Judicial Referendum, the people of Carter County, federal money dependence, and his goals as Judge Executive,…

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, Joseph Pearman, a Larue County native, discusses his family history, education, and employment prior to becoming County Judge Executive. He also comments on the Judicial Referendum, the county's current and future needs, local industry, the county school system, and park and recreation development around Lincoln's Birthplace.

Jesse Link, a Mississippi born and Kentucky raised retired veteran details his education and the Simpson County offices held in this interview. Judge Link comments on the Judicial Referendum, a "library issue", a successful tax vote, and changes in roads laws and state funding. He also discusses the pros and cons of new industry coming to the…

In this interview, James Menees, a Fulton County native, shares his public service experiences, as a Fulton County Sheriff, County Judge, and Judge Executive. He comments extensively on his election campaigns in 1966 and 1970, other county and school board elections, the Judicial Referendum changes, and various aspects of county government, such as…

In this interview, James Guffey, a Ballard County native, discusses his education, reasons for "getting into" politics, and his corresponding public service experiences as Deputy Sheriff, County Judge and County Judge Executive. Interview topics include the Judicial Referendum, "major players" in Ballard County, unemployment and tax rates,…

In this interview, James Fallin, a Louisville native, discusses his decision to enter into politics and his corresponding Hancock County public service career, which included a Democratic Chairman nomination, and terms as both a County Judge and Judge Executive. He compares the differences between the two judcicial positions, and comments on the…

In this interview, James Dressman Jr. details his family history, education, and his public service career, which began with a General Assembly position and continued once he was elected County Judge Executive of Kenton County. He discusses his County Judge Executive election campaign, the Judicial Referendum, which he likes, the Probate Court,…

In this interview, James Caudill, a Knott County native, discusses his family history and education, and his Letcher County achievements as County Judge, which included a new health department, courthouse, library, and other important county services. Other interview topics include discussions over welfare, food stamps and other government…

Jack Sims, a Louisville native, discusses his personal background, education, and public service career in this interview. Interview topics include the Judicial Referendum and Sims' duties as Hart County Judge Executive, county government functions and services, the importance of revenue sharing, and the potential influences of the "new" gas tax.…

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.

J. Bourbon Elliott, a Washington County native, shares his experiences as a County Judge Executive in this interview. Interview topics include discussions over his education and family, his election campaigns, the Judicial Referendum, Fiscal Court, his typical job duties, and his major concerns, which include a shortage of doctors and absence of a…

In this interview, Howard Ellis, an Owen County Judge Executive, discusses his employment history, extensive political background and his views of the Judicial Referendum. He concludes that funding shortfalls and inadequate roads, senior citizen housing, and hospital services are some of the major problems that Owen County faces; with waste…

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, Hallice Upchurch discusses his family history, and his decision to run for office. He considers poor roads, inadequate money and quality water access to be the major problems that Wayne County faces. He also discusses the Judicial Referendum, and the corresponding citizen complaints that resulted from the new system.

Fred Bond details his personal background and education, and provides an excellent comparison of the duties of a County Judge and Judge Executive in this interview. He concludes that he, and, for the most part, Shelby County residents support the Judicial Referendum. Other topics include his personal accomplishments, revenue sharing, ambulance…

Foster Calhoun, a Knott County native and Morehead State University alum, discusses his family history, education, and political interests and career in this interview. Calhoun concludes that the roads, sewage, water sanitation and garbage collection are major county problems. He also discusses federal programs, the Judicial Referendum, and the…

Evelyn Young, a Hickman County native and assistant to Hickman County Judge Executive Stanley Hopkins, discusses her education, political interests and experiences in this interview. She comments extensively on the Judicial Referendum, Judge Hopkins, Hickman County roads, ambulance and hospital services, senior citizen programs and other county…

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.
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