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Just what are the duties, pay for elected officials?

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By The Staff

Judge Executive

The judge executive:

• is specifically charged with executing all ordinances and resolutions of the fiscal court, all contracts entered into by the fiscal court, and all state laws subject to enforcement by the judge executive or by officers under his or her supervision.

• has the primary responsibility for the administration of county government.

• is responsible for keeping the fiscal court informed of the operations of county departments, boards, and commissions.

• is required to assure the representation of the county on all boards, commissions, special districts, and multicounty programs in which county participation is called for.

• is required to keep the fiscal court advised of the financial needs and conditions of the county.

• is the county’s alcoholic beverage administrator.

• may appoint a deputy. This appointment does not need the approval of the fiscal court. The deputy county judge/executive may take on all the administrative powers and responsibilities of the judge/executive but may not act for the officeholder at meetings of the fiscal court.

Compensation:

If David Jenkins was re-elected, he would earn a yearly salary of $76,104.35. This is based on a salary scale for a person with more than three years in their current office and on the population of Spencer County.

Any other candidate elected as judge executive would earn $70,668.33.

Other forms of compensation include:

• $300/month travel expense allowance

• $300/month health insurance allowance

• potential reimbursement for conferences (registration, hotel, food)

Magistrates

The most important function of magistrates is service on the fiscal court. Together with other members of fiscal court, magistrates are permitted to appropriate county funds for lawful purposes, buy and sell county property, supervise the fiscal affairs of the county and county officers, and exercise all other corporate powers of the county. Further, the fiscal court may investigate all activities of county government and establish appointive offices and define their duties.

The fiscal court is responsible for the construction, operation, and maintenance of county buildings, roads, and other property, and for the incarceration of prisoners.

The fiscal court has the authority to control and supervise most aspects of the financial affairs of the county, including the county budget, tax levies, payments from the county treasury, and bond issuances.

The fiscal court is responsible for the county road program.

Compensation:

Spencer County Magistrates earn $7,800/year. This amount is set by fiscal court.

Other forms of compensation include:

• $300/month travel expense allowance

• $300/month health insurance allowance

• potential reimbursement for conferences (registration, hotel, food)

County clerk

Duties:

• perform clerical duties of the fiscal court including issuing and registering, recording and keeping various legal records

• registering and purging voter rolls, and conducting election duties and tax duties.

• register all motor vehicles owned by persons residing in the county, issue automobile licenses to the residents of the county, and make reports to the Transportation Cabinet.

• issue marriage licenses; hunting and fishing licenses; motorboat registrations and licenses; licenses for certain types of businesses and entertainment.

• keep record of documents relating to real estate, liens, and use of personal property as collateral.

• record all presented deeds, real estate mortgages, and powers of attorney that are properly certified or that are acknowledged or proven as required by law.

• prepare the county tax bills.

Compensation:

If Judy Puckett was re-elected, she would earn a yearly salary of $76,104.35. This is based on a salary scale for a person with more than three years in their current office and on the population of Spencer County.

Any other candidate elected as county clerk would earn $70,668.33.

Other forms of compensation include:

• $300/month expense allowance

• $300/month health insurance allowance

Jailer

Duties:

The Kentucky constitutional provisions relating to the office of jailer are unique. No other state constitution refers to jailers. In most states, the sheriff or a sheriff’s deputy would perform the duties of jailer.

Since Spencer County does not have a jail, but rather contracts services through Shelby County Detention Center, the jailer has no real duties.

When fiscal court contracts with another county or city, it must provide for the  transportation of prisoners, including vehicles, drivers, and guards. In the past, this transportation was a separate contract with the jailer at an additional fee.

Compensation:

The minimum salary for jailer is $20,000 annually. Fiscal court reserves the right to enter into a contract with the jailer to transport prisoners at an additional cost.

Constables

Duties:

Constables are defined as peace officers and possess the same law enforcement powers as sheriffs, coroners, and jailers and are eligible for the same police training provided to other peace officers.

In Spencer County, constables are not required to perform any duties and do not have the approval of fiscal court to equip vehicles with flashing lights, etc.

Compensation:

Constables in Spencer County do not receive any form of compensation.

Information provided by the Ky. Legislative Research Commission and the Spencer County Judge's office.