Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Delivers Keynote Address at Newly Elected Officials Training Conference

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 08, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Samantha Cook

Conference brings together newly elected officials from across the commonwealth

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher delivered the keynote address at the 2006 Newly Elected Officials Training Conference luncheon today in Louisville, speaking to over 400 newly elected officials.  The conference, held December 7-9 at the Executive West Hotel, was hosted by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD), the Kentucky County Judge/Executive Association (KCJEA) and the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association (KMCA).

“This conference provides Kentucky’s newly elected leaders with a unique opportunity to build relationships that will encourage collaboration,” said Governor Fletcher.  “It is amazing what can be accomplished when officials at all levels of government work together.”

The conference, which takes place every four years, is designed to give new county officials information and training on items such as open meetings, open records, conducting a fiscal court meeting, applying for grants and budgetary issues.  It is also a refresher course for some officials who are already in office. 

It is GOLD’s statutory obligation to provide training for elected county officials.  Following the November 7, 2006 election, Kentucky has 52 new county judge/executives and experienced a 45 percent turnover of magistrates and commissioners.