Browse Interviews (20 total)

In this interview, Harold Kirby discusses his first political race for sheriff, how he dealt with troubling juvenile problems, and the general job duties of the County Judge Executive.

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…

In this interview, L. G. Hammons discusses his reasons for getting involved in politics, his first term as Sheriff, and the corresponding election campaigns he ran. Other topics include his opposition to the Judicial Referendum, and a discussion over the various problems he faced as judge, which include, but are not limited to, poor roads,…

In this interview, Hershel Lynch discusses his employment history and public service career. Lynch concludes that poor infrastructure and high unemployment were the primary shortfalls in Jackson County. This interview also contains additional comments by Herman Brockman, a former Jackson County Court Coordinator.

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, Charlie Sutton discusses the various public offices and service positions he has held, which include Georgetown City Council service, Scott County Sheriff and both the County Judge and Judge Executive offices. Sutton prefers the changes that resulted from the Judicial Referendum, however he also concludes additional judges are…

In this interview, Ben Elston, a Henry County native, discusses his personal background and employment history, as well as his experiences in various public offices. Other interview topics include discussions over the Judicial Referendum, the absence of a Henry County planning and zoning commission, and, waste and roads management issues. Elston…

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, Gene Allen, a Morgan County native, discusses his family, education, military service, and public service career, which consisted of terms as both a County Judge and County Judge Executive. Other interview topics cover the Judicial Referendum, why he entered into politics, and needs of county, which include, among other things, a…

Reece Smoot, a Bourbon County native and longtime Nicholas county resident, discusses his family history, military service record, education, and the public offices he has held in Nicholas County, which include Deputy Sheriff, Sheriff, and County Judge Executive. He concludes the county has good roads and schools, but it needs more industry and…

William Owens, a Fleming County native, discusses his family history, education, military service record, and reasons for entering politics in this interview. He comments extensively on the public offices he has held, which include Deputy Sheriff, High Sheriff, County Judge and County Judge Executive, as well as the state of Fleming County industry…

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,…

Byron Martin, a Grant County native, discusses his family history, education, and political career, which included a terms as Deputy Sheriff, Sheriff, County Judge and County Judge Executive. Interview topics also detail the Judicial Referendum, his negative feelings towards spousal and child abuse, and juvenile problems. He expresses that his main…

David Blair, a Johnson County native, details his family and employment history, education, and Elliott County political career in this interview. Interview topics include a discussion on his County Judge Executive election campaign and a lawsuit he got wrapped up in with a County Sheriff, his accomplishments, and the power structure of Elliott…

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…

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, Bob Minix, an Allen County native, comments on his experiences in public service, which includes terms as the County Sheriff and Judge Executive. Interview topics include his election campaigns, the Judicial Referendum, the boards he serves on, and the major issues the county faces, such as a lack of recreation opportunities and…

In this interview, Chalres Miller, a retired Breckenridge County Judge, discusses the Judicial Referendum and his public service career, which included terms as the County Sheriff and County Court Clerk.

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.

Dick Castleman, a Graves County native, comments on his life experiences as the Graves County Sheriff, Judge, and Judge Executive in this interview. He comments on the various job duties of the positions, the Judicial Referendum, low income housing, and the major challenges that Graves County faces, such as population growth, high interest rates,…
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