Kentucky Court of Justice
Bell County Circuit Court Clerk Colby Slusher elected president of Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Bell County Circuit Court Clerk Colby Slusher is the new president of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks. He was elected to the office by his fellow circuit clerks during the 2015 Circuit Court Clerks Spring College that took place May 4-5 in Frankfort. Slusher’s term as KACCC president began immediately and is for one year. He succeeds Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk Lowry S. Miller as president.
Slusher was the youngest circuit court clerk ever elected in Kentucky when he took office in Bell County in 2006.
Circuit court clerks have offices in all 120 Kentucky counties and are responsible for managing the records of circuit and district courts and issuing Kentucky driver licenses and identification cards. The Bell County Office of Circuit Court Clerk is located in the Farmer Helton Judicial Center, 101 W. Park Ave., Pineville.
“It’s an honor to be entrusted by my colleagues to lead the association,” Slusher said. “I look forward to representing circuit clerks statewide and supporting the efforts of Chief Justice Minton and the General Assembly to keep the court system funded at the level needed to carry out its duties. With proper funding, we’re seeing the chief justice’s technology initiatives, including eFiling and a new accounts receivable system, come to life statewide. These programs help us better serve those who depend upon the courts.
“I’m especially excited about establishing a child identification program for Bell County that will be the first campaign of its kind in Kentucky and a model for the rest of the state,” Slusher added. “My office will work with the Division of Driver Licensing and local police agencies on this project, which will use child IDs to help safeguard Kentucky’s children.”
Prior to being elected as KACCC president, Slusher served as the association’s first vice president and secretary and was a member of the Education, Legislative and Trust For Life committees. The KACCC sponsors Trust For Life to promote organ and tissue donation through driver licenses and the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.
Slusher is actively involved in his local community. He is a member of the Cumberland River Behavioral Health Board of Directors, vice chairman of Main Street Pineville, past president of the Pineville Kiwanis Club, and past chairman and current director of the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival. He also has served on the Bell County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Bell County Literacy Council.
Circuit Court Clerks
Circuit court clerks are constitutionally elected officials and serve a six-year term. They provide professional recordkeeping, receive money due the courts, pay money to required parties and to the state, record legal documents, provide legal documents and other legal materials, maintain the jury system, administer oaths, handle affidavits, and issue driver licenses and non-driver ID cards.
Administrative Office of the Courts
The Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort is the operations arm for the state court system and supports the activities of 3,300 court system employees and 403 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. The AOC executes the Judicial Branch budget as the fiscal agent for the Kentucky Court of Justice.