Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
General Counsel Jim Deckard Accepts Post as Executive Director of Kentucky Bar Association

Press Release Date:  Monday, January 22, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced that General Counsel Jim Deckard has been offered and has accepted the post as executive director of the Kentucky Bar Association.  Deckard decided to accept the position after talking with the governor this afternoon.

Deckard will begin his new position on March 1.

“I am extremely proud of Jim for being chosen for this most prestigious position,” said Governor Fletcher.  “The leadership of the Kentucky Bar Association has honored Jim with their trust to lead their organization.  Jim has had a very successful tenure with our office and he will be a perfect fit in this new position. I wish him the best in his new venture.”

“It has been an honor to work with Governor Fletcher,” said Deckard.  “The opportunity to serve as executive director of the Kentucky Bar Association, however, is another ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity that I have been blessed with.   I have the greatest respect for the governor and his entire team, and wish them continued success.”

Deckard, a native of Tompkinsville, is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University of Memphis.  Since June 20, 2005, Deckard has served as General Counsel for the office of Governor Fletcher.

After graduating from law school, Deckard, 37, served as a law clerk with the Supreme Court of Kentucky and was in private practice in Nashville with the firm of Leitner, Williams, Dooley and Napolitan and later with Manier and Herod.  Jim and his wife, Mandy, live in Frankfort with their two sons, Levy, 4, and Henry, 2.