County judge/executives have been and continue to be strong leaders in our communities, counties, state and nation. There are several Kentucky county judge/executives who have gone on to serve at the state and national levels of government. In our research there has been an association of county judges in existence since 1917.
The first record of our Association was in the December 14, 1917 issue of The Courier-Journal in Louisville . The CountyJudges' Association of Kentucky held the annual meeting at the courthouse in Jefferson County on December 13, 1917 . Dr R. Elmore and Rodman Wiley, State Highway Commissioner, addressed the group followed by discussion of the various aspects of road construction and supervision. “The Objects and Aims of the County Judges ’ Association” was the subject of an address by Judge Wallace Brown, of Bardstown, president of the Association.
The Kentucky County Judge/Executive Association was formed in 1980. It was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1982. The primary purpose of the Association is to act as a liaison between county judge/executives and state and federal government entities. The Association monitors the legislative process on issues that affect county governments. Through speaking engagements and regularly scheduled meetings, the Association staff strives to inform and educate local officials on issues vital to county governments in Kentucky .