Jackson County Fiscal Court
Jackson County Judge Executive
Under the 1891 Constitution, the office of judge of the county court combined a number of judicial, legislative, and administrative duties. Sections 139 and 140 made the county judge the chief judicial officer of the county and quarterly courts. The county judge executive was also made the presiding officer of the fiscal court, the county legislative body.
The county judge executive today has the primary responsibility for presiding over the fiscal court and the administrative duties of county government.
The county judge executive serves a four year term and may be re-elected indefinitely.
The County Treasurer receives and receipts all money due the county from its collecting officers or from any other person whose duty it is to pay money into the county treasury, and shall disburse such money as authorized by appropriate authority of the Fiscal Court.
The County Treasurer keeps books of accounts of the financial transactions of the county as required by the Uniform System of Accounting prescribed by the State Local Finance Officer:
The County Treasurer is responsible for preparing monthly financial reports for the fiscal court, and quarterly reports for the State Local Finance Officer. Also, the County Treasurer prepares an Annual Statement for the fiscal court, and prepares and publishes an Annual Financial Statement at the close of the Fiscal Year.
Jackson County Attorney
On January the 1st long time County Attorney Tommy Hays will be retiring after 25 years of service to our community. Mr. Hays started as County Attorney on January 1st 1990 and has served Faithfully and well these past 25 years. The office of County Attorney was first made a Constituational office in under Kentucky Constitition in 1850. He or she must be 24 years of age , a citizen of Kentucky, a resident of the state for 2 years, a resident of the county one year prior to the election, and a licensed practicing attorney for two years prior to the election.
In the event of a vacancy it is my job to appoint someone to fill the vacancy until the next election. After much consideration and input from the community I have decided to appoint Ross Murray. Ross has been a longtime resident of Jackson County and served as an attorney for several years. This appointment took place on Tuesday December 29th at the old Courthouse at 1 pm. It is my belief that Mr Murray will serve well as the new County Attorney in Jackson County. He will officialy take over on January 4th. He is excited about the opportunity to serve and we will work with him as best we can. This job is not to be taken lightly as many tough and important decisions are advised under the County Attorney. I feel like he’s the best fit for us and we look forward to working with him.
We would like to wish Tommy Hays our best and hope that he enjoys many long years of great retirement. He has served us well and deserves it.
Thanks Judge Gabbard
In 1976, the General Assembly modified the office of county attorney so that it became part of the unified and integrated prosecutorial system under the direction of the attorney general. Further, the county attorney became an ex officil special prosecutor of the Commonwealth required to perform duties coextensive with the Commonwealth attorney, as directed by the attorney general. While the nature of the office has been changed, the duties remain substantially of the same classification: the prosecutorial function, civil adviser to county government, and miscellaneous duties for the state and county..
Circuit Court Clerk
Doris Kay Ward
Circuit court clerks have offices in all 120 Kentucky counties and are responsible for managing the records of Circuit and District courts. Circuit court clerks are elected officials and serve six-year terms.
Among the duties of the clerks and their deputy clerks are the receipt of lawsuits and papers for the courts, being present during trials, receiving fines, issuing drivers’ licenses, scheduling juries, handling bond money and operating the tape recording equipment which records District Court proceedings.
Johnny Peters – Constable District 1
Steve Gill – Constable District 2
Bill Buck Abner – Constable District 3Background
Melvin “Blue” Lakes
A coroner must possess a current certificate of continuing education in order to perform a postmortem examination.
In performing investigations, the coroner or a deputy may enter public or private property; seize evidence; interrogate persons; and require the production of medical records, documents, or evidence. The coroner may impound vehicles involved in fatal accidents.
The coroner may employ special investigators and photographers in making an investigation and expend funds in carrying out official duties.
Jackson County Clerk
Donald “Duck” Moore
Prior to the institution of the unified state court system, the county court clerk served as the clerk of the juvenile, county, and quarterly courts. With the replacement of these courts with the District Court, the clerk no longer has judicial duties, and the name of the office has been abbreviated to county clerk to more accurately reflect the nature of the office.
The clerk must keep an alphabetical cross-index of the deeds, mortgages, and leases recorded. The clerk is required to record and index instruments containing clauses of a mortgage under the name of the person causing it to be recorded.
The Kentucky constitutional provisions relating to the office of jailer are unique. No other state constitution refers to jailers (Legislative). In most states, the sheriff or a sheriff’s deputy would perform the duties of jailer.
- Each county jailer has custody, rule and charge of the county jail” and “all persons in the jail”.
- If there is a residence in the jail, either the jailer or one of the deputies may live in it.
- The jail must be kept warm, clean, and free from vile odors.
- Prisoners confined in the jail must have sufficient bed clothing paid by the county.
- At the time of booking, the jailer must receive and keep in jail any person committed to his or her custody until discharge, unless the prisoner needs emergency medical attention, in which case, the arresting officer must obtain medical attention for the prisoner prior to delivery to the jail.
- The jailer must treat each prisoner humanely and furnish food and lodging.
- If a prisoner dies, the jailer must deliver the body to friends, if requested, or have the person decently buried at the county’s expense.
Danny Todd – Magistrate District 1
Dale Vaughn – Magistrate District 2
Garvin Baker – Magistrate District 3Background Information
The terms “justice of the peace” and “magistrate” are synonymous. However, the office of justice of the peace or magistrate, unlike that of county commissioner, is a constitutionally required office that must be filled regardless of the form of the fiscal court. Although the Constitution mandates their election, justices in counties with a commissioner form of fiscal court have few duties.
Before 1978, magistrates possessed important judicial duties, but the Judicial Amendment to the Constitution abolished the magisterial courts and
stripped magistrates of their judicial duties.
In counties with a county commissioner form of fiscal court, about the only duties remaining are the solemnization of marriages and the acceptance of applications for notaries public. Justices of the peace or magistrates may perform marriages if so authorized by the governor or the county judge/executive.
Occupational Tax Administrator
The duty of the Jackson County Tax Administrator is to collect local county tax and enforce the County Occupational and Net Profit License Fee Ordinance as directed by the Fiscal Court.
Occupational taxes are withheld from gross wages earned in Jackson County, and submitted on a quarterly basis. The current tax rate is 1.85%.
Net Profit taxes are collected from the net profits of all business ventures in Jackson County. Public and private businesses, lessors of rental property, farms and farming operations, and independent contractors are all examples of taxable entities. The Net Profit taxes are collected annually and are based on
Federal returns. The current tax rate is 1.85%.
All persons doing business in Jackson County are required by ordinance to complete and submit a questionnaire to the Tax Administrator. To avoid interest and penalty, returns must be submitted by the due date.
Property Valuation Administrator
The office of property valuation administrator is a successor in Kentucky to the office of county tax commissioner and the office of county assessor. The office of county assessor first became a constitutional office in the Kentucky Constitution of 1850. The assessor was elected for a term of four years and had the power to appoint such assistants as were “necessary and proper.”
The present Kentucky Constitution also provides for the election of a county assessor every four years. However, it includes a provision allowing the General Assembly to abolish the office of assessor. It is apparent from remarks found in the Constitutional Debates of 1890 that this provision was included for the sake of those who favored a system by which the justices of the peace would take over the duties of the assessor.
The office of county assessor was abolished by the General Assembly in 1918 and was replaced by the office of county tax commissioner. The 1968 General Assembly changed the title of “county tax commissioner” to “property valuation administrator,” or PVA, effective December 1, 1969.Elections and Qualifications
To be eligible for election, the property valuation administrator candidate must be 24 years old, a citizen of Kentucky, a resident of the state for two years, and a resident in the county of candidacy one year preceding election.
Jackson County Sheriff
As your sheriff, I am charged with the responsibility of enforcing the law in a fair and impartial manner to prevent and deter crime, and when that fails, to apprehend and detain those who are accused or convicted of violating the law. Enforcement of the law must be conducted within the statutory and judicial limitations of police authority. It must ensure the safety and well-being of the community while preserving the constitutional rights of all persons.Background
A sheriff spends the most time on civil duties, as opposed to criminal or law enforcement duties. The sheriff and three other elected county officials: coroners, jailers, and constables are peace officers who possess law enforcement powers.
- in obedience to a warrant;
- without a warrant when a felony is committed in the peace officer’s presence;
- without a warrant when the peace officer has probable cause to believe the person arrested has committed a felony;
- without a warrant if the officer has probable cause to believe that a person is driving under the influence of alcohol or any other ubstance that may impair driving ability.