Browse Interviews (25 total)

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, Bobby Rose discusses his family history, military service and his leadership roles in both education and politics. Rose was a teacher at Scott County, a principal in Lee county, and he later became the Director of Pupil Personnell in Estill County before entering politics. He concludes that the community he served was not in…

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, C. W. Murphy, a Morgan County native and former Wolfe County Judge, discusses his family history, farming and his land holdings, election campaigns, and local politics. Murphy has few good things to say about the Judicial Referendum in the interview. Other topics include the perceived need to cut 3/4 of the welfare from the Wolfe…

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…

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, Douglas Brandenburg comments on his experiences as the Lee County Judge Executive and Judicial Referendum that restructured the Kentucky Judicial System. Other topics include his professional relationships with lawyers, the Lee County Fiscal Court, the demands of office, taxes, and his desire to maintain his leadership position.

In this interview, Ervin S. Pruitt, a Pike County native and EKU graduate, discusses his personal background, employment history, and education prior to becoming a Pike County Judge, an appointment that he received after his father retired. Pruitt also discusses the advantages and disadvantages to the Judicial Referendum, and his run for office,…

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, 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, Homer Powell recollects his life experiences as a Jackson County native, farmer, magistrate, and county judge. Powell concludes that the newly adopted Judicial System is destructive to his predominatly Republican community. Other topics include election campaigns and his extensive political career which spanned from 1942 to 1977.

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…

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, 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 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, Jerry Taylor discusses his family history and education, and his reasons for running for a Judicial position. He comments on the campaign he ran, existing county organizational structures, and numerous local magistrates. He also details the major problems he faced upon taking office, the happenings of the Whitley County…

In this interview, Ledford Jackson details his reasons for being a judge, the resulting election campaign, and the overall pros and cons of the position. He also comments on his community's dissatisfaction with the Judicial Referendum, important county decision makers, and the various aspects of his judicial duties.

In this interview, "Sammy" Woods, a Shelby County native, discusses his extensive career in public office; first as Sheriff and later as Judge Executive. He also shares his opinions on the Judicial Referendum, which he prefers, various county officials and boards, revenue sharing, and election campaigns. Other topics include the Shelby County…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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