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Oldham County is named in honor of Colonel William Oldham, a Revolutionary War officer from the area. We were the 74th county in Kentucky, formed from parts of neighboring counties, Jefferson, Henry and Shelby. Our birthday is December 15, 1823.
I am the Judge-Executive, or ‘county judge’, as the position is known. I am the chief administrative officer of county government. The judge-executive does not conduct trials or act as a judge in the sense of a judge and jury, but rather presides at Fiscal Court.
It is not unusual to have someone
move to Oldham County who is not familiar
with the term fiscal court.
In Kentucky, fiscal court is similar to
a county commission or county council in
other jurisdictions, where priorities are
set, policies are determined, and spending
decisions validated. Oldham County’s
Fiscal Court is made up of the judge-executive
and eight magistrates who are elected
to represent separate districts from throughout
Among the responsibilities of the judge-executive
are the preparation and execution of the
annual county budget, overseeing the county’s
finances, supervising police, road maintenance,
planning and development services, and recreation.
The judge-executive, with the agreement
of Fiscal Court, makes appointments to most
of the public boards and commissions operating
in the county.
Although Oldham County has great physical
beauty, and we are proud of our county,
we recognize people as our most valuable
resource. As a county government, our objective
is to protect our quality of life
through efficient application of our tax
dollars, unmatched customer service among
our agencies, excellent schools, respecting
nature, well planned development, family-oriented
recreational programs, higher value employment
opportunities and civic activities. We also
are concerned about and support services
and programs for the least able among us,
citizens with physical disabilities or financial
As the manager of government
services, my intent is to provide timely
and informative communication through Time
Warner cable channel 25, news media, and
other resources. You are invited to contact
me or any of our other public servants whenever
you need assistance in a matter related
to county government.