Fayette County Judge Executive Says His Position Should Be Eliminated

by Gabe Bullard on February 23, 2011

Kentucky Public Radio’s Stu Johnson contributed to this report

The Judge Executive of Fayette County is encouraging state lawmakers to eliminate his position, and any action on the issue could affect Louisville as well.

Jon Larson says he has few responsibilities in the merged government in Lexington.

“I assign to pay deputy sheriffs to go to pick up fugitives from other states even though I have no money to give them, even though my office is not a part of the judicial system,” he says. “I also authenticate documents going out of the country.”

The Jefferson County Judge Executive is similar.

It would take an amendment to state constitution to eliminate either position, and Larson says he’s open to having the constitution changed to only eliminate the Fayette County Judge Executive. It’s not likely the General Assembly will amend the constitution before this year’s session adjourns.

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