Governor's Office for Local Development
Newly-Elected Local Officials Head to Class

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 01, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer
(502) 229-4965

        The approximate 400 newly-elected local officials in Kentucky are heading to class in December before heading to the courthouse to take office in January.

The Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD), The Kentucky County Judge/Executive Association (KCJEA) and the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association (KMCA) are teaming up to present the Newly-elected County Officials’ Training Conference December 7-9 at the Executive West in Louisville.

Governor Ernie Fletcher is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Friday, Dec. 8 luncheon.

GOLD Commissioner Steve Robertson said local officials will leave the conference equipped with valuable information to help them in their first days of office. “It is GOLD’s statutory obligation to ensure that Kentucky’s newly-elected officials have the information necessary to govern their communities in a positive and lawful manner.

            “Our new officials will benefit through our partnership with KCJEA and KMCA in presenting this information. I’m thankful that we are pooling our resources to make this conference one that local officials will not want to miss,” added Robertson.

            Vince Lang, Executive Director of KCJEA, said that the freshman crop of judge/executives will have an opportunity to network with other new officials, ask questions and meet state government officials who can be resources for local communities. “This is an exciting time in Kentucky; we have 52 new judge/executives and I’m looking forward to hearing their ideas and helping them to be successful public servants.”

            Richard Tanner, Executive Director of KMCA, said that the 45 percent turnover of Kentucky’s county magistrates and commissioners creates an even greater need for training. “We have worked diligently to craft an agenda that includes representatives from most of state government’s cabinets. We will introduce those state officials who work closely with local officials. We have also included guest speakers in the areas of media relations, economic development and homeland security,” said Tanner.

            “One of the conference highlights will be mock fiscal court meeting using veteran officials who will demonstrate how a fiscal court meeting should be conducted. I strongly encourage all new county officials to attend,” added Tanner.

            Conference information can be found on GOLD’s website at or on KCJEA’s website at  To register online, go to the KMCA website at