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, the errosion of county power under the new system, and the happenings of the Fiscal Court. Other interview topics include troubling juvenile court cases, previous judges (Harry Darvey and Max Mc Cubbin) and governors and their accomplishments, and Greenup County employers, which include Ashland Oil, C & O Railroad and the Ashland Mines. There are also dsicusssion over the Kentucky Association of Counties, gubernatorial races, civic clubs and the positive influence of Greenbo Lake State Park.
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