Judge Executive

John Wilson is the current Judge/Executive elected to his first term in 2006 and being re-elected in two elections since. A graduate of the University of Kentucky and having received his law degree at Capitol University, Judge Wilson has made good governance his focus for Garrard County.

The county judge/executive is the chief executive of the county and has all the powers and performs all the duties of an executive and administrative nature vested in, or imposed upon, the county or its fiscal court​ by law, or by agreement with any municipality or other subdivision of government, and such additional powers as are granted by the fiscal court. The county judge/executive is responsible for the proper administration of the affairs of the county placed in his charge. His responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide for the execution of all ordinances and resolutions of the fiscal court, execute all contracts entered into by the fiscal court, and provide for the execution of all laws by the state subject to enforcement by him or by officers who are under his direction and supervision;
  • Prepare and submit to the fiscal court for approval an administrative code incorporating the details of administrative procedure for the operation of the county and review such code and suggest revisions periodically or at the request of the fiscal court;
  • Furnish the fiscal court with information concerning the operations of the county departments, boards, or commissions, necessary for the fiscal court to exercise its powers or as requested by the fiscal court;
  • Require all officials, elected or appointed, whose offices utilize county funds, and all boards, special districts, and commissions exclusive of city governments and their agencies located within the county to make a detailed annual financial report to the fiscal court concerning the business and condition of their office, department, board, commission, or special districts;
  • Consistent with procedures set forth in KRS Chapter 68, prepare and submit to the fiscal court an annual budget and administer the provisions of the budget when adopted by the fiscal court;Keep the fiscal court fully advised as to the financial condition and needs of the county and make such other reports from time to time as required by the fiscal court or as he deems necessary;
  • Exercise with the approval of the fiscal court the authority to appoint, supervise, suspend, and remove county personnel (unless otherwise provided by state law);
  • With the approval of the fiscal court, make appointments to or remove members from such boards, commissions, and designated administrative positions as the fiscal court, charter, law or ordinance by create. The requirement of fiscal court approval must be designated as such in the county administrative code or the county charter. The county judge/executive shall not be required, but shall use his best efforts, to balance appointments on a board or commission if the appointments are to be made from nominees submitted by other groups or individuals or if nominees must have a professional or technical backgroung, expertise or membership. He shall attempt to balance appointments among all such boards and commissions in order to equalize representation of all districts over the entire range of such boards and commissions.

Court House Staff

Finance Officer
Jamie Grutzius
(859) 792-3531

Special Assistant to the Judge Executive
Donna Powell
(859) 339-1844

Fiscal Court Clerk
Kevin Montgomery
(859) 792-3071

Tax Administrator
Kristen Denton
(859) 792-3531

Jennifer Seagraves, CPA
(859) 792-4178

County Policies