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Thu February 24, 2011
Fayette Judge-Executive Pushes For Abolishment of Position
By Stu Johnson - Kentucky Public Radio
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – The judge executive in Fayette County is lobbying state lawmakers to abolish his position.
When he ran for the office, Lexington Attorney Jon Larson based his platform on closing the office of judge executive in Fayette County. With a merged government in place, the county judge holds relatively few responsibilities.
"I assign to pay deputy sheriffs to go to pick up fugitives from other states even though I have no money to give them, even though my office is not a part of the judicial system. I also authenticate documents going out of the country."
A constitutional amendment before the general assembly would eliminate county judge offices in Lexington and Louisville.
Senate Majority Floor Leader Robert Stivers says no constitutional amendment will likely to pass this session. And even if one did, it would still face a statewide vote.