Newly-elected officials learn duties

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Committees named at Jan. 3 meeting

By Ron Benningfield

Incoming magistrates to LaRue County Fiscal Court are already united in one aspect of their duties – they want to do the best they can for the people they represent.
“I’m sure it will be a learning experience,” said Ricky Whitlock, who represents District Two, covering Hodgenville East, Lyons Station and White City voting precincts. “The reason I’m here is to help the people and do what’s best for LaRue County.”
Third District magistrate Ronald Dale Nunn intends to “hit the ground running” in representing his constituents from Otter, Buffalo and Lincoln farm areas.
“I already have a two-page list of requests from people in my district,” said Nunn, a Buffalo resident who served as LaRue County deputy sheriff for 25 years, and also was a constable and school board member.
“My goals are to be a servant to my district, to spend the county’s money wisely, and to upgrade the county in any way I can,” he said. “You don’t know what you can do until the situation presents itself, but I’ll do what I can with the resources I have.”
Tony Stewart, who represents the First District that includes Hodgenville and Hodgenville West voting precincts, said he wants to be available.
“I’ve already had a lot of people to contact me about issues and concerns,” said Stewart. “Hopefully, I can take care of these issues.”
W.L. Miller, fourth district (representing Magnolia, Mt. Sherman, Barren Run, and Upton), is the only returning magistrate from the last term.
“I’m excited about working with the incoming magistrates,” said Miller. “I’ll miss the three who were on the court; they helped me learn about what being a magistrate means, and I hope I can help the incoming magistrates in the same way.”
Jailer introduces chief deputy
Incoming jailer Johnny Cottrill and his chief deputy jailer Rick Benningfield were also present at the fiscal court’s first meeting Jan. 3 at the courthouse in Hodgenville where County Judge-executive Tommy Turner seated the magistrates and gave them their committee assignments.
“My campaign promises were to make sure the jail is secure while keeping the people safe from inmates and to save the county money. I intend to keep those promises,” said Cottrill who has 30 years experience as a state trooper and six and one-half years as Hodgenville’s chief of police.  
Benningfield comes on board with 28 years as chief of security at Campbellsville University, four years as Taylor County jailer and also as a deputy sheriff there.
“I’m going to help Johnny make sure things run smoothly at the jail and save the county money,” he said. “I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen of the jail.  It’s clean, looks good and I look forward to working with the staff.”