Tuesday 7th February 2023

Jones given authority to act as deputy judge/executive


GLASGOW — Magistrates approved Tuesday a plan to allow the deputy Barren County judge/executive certain authority in the absence of Jamie Byrd.

Beau Jones was hired as the deputy judge/executive earlier this month. He succeeds Nancy Houchens who served in the role for several years.

Byrd, the judge/executive, said she selected Jones based on his military experience with the National Guard and his work with the Barren County Sheriff’s Office.

“I’m very, very busy but trying to get back to as many people as possible,” Byrd said. “But by having someone to step in to help — it’s huge.”

Kentucky state law allows deputy judge/executives to act in the event of emergencies. The deputy cannot preside at meetings or cast votes, however.

The vote passed with unanimous approval.