Judge Executive Asks For Help From Citizens

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

We've told you recently about the bleak state budget forcing court workers to make cuts.

Now, one judge executive is asking the community to do what they can to make sure the judicial process continues to run smoothly.

Letcher County Judge-Executive Jim Ward says he is willing to help the commonwealth's attorney get through the next year without any major cutbacks, but the money is not there so he is challenging local business and civic leaders to help.

The Letcher County Commonwealth's Attorney says he does not want to layoff any of his four employees or ask them to take a pay cut.

“As of now, the only option that I have that is economically feasible for the office is furlows,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison Banks said.

The Furlows option means Banks employees would have to take an involuntary leave of absence for three weeks without pay or benefits.

Banks says the move would save the state around six thousand dollars.

Banks plans to file the paperwork by the December 19th deadline, but he's also asked the County-judge executive for help.

Jim Ward says he would be willing to lend Banks some money if he had it and now he's hoping the private sector will pitch in.

“So we started checking with other civic leaders, businesses, and checking to see if they can help,” Judge Executive Jim Ward said.

Ward says it is unclear if or how many local businesses would be willing to help.

Banks says any donations will help keep his support staff working through the year and he's had to modify court schedules to make things manageable when one of his employees is out on leave.

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  • by George Location: Whitesburgq on Dec 17, 2008 at 07:00 PM
    The Commonwealth's Attorney is funded by the state, and it is the state that is cutting funding. Mr. Banks asked the county to help, even though the state is where he gets his funding. It seems like the Judge was trying to help out even though he doesn't have any money in his budget. After all it is the state's responsibility, no the county.
  • by kathy Location: pikeville on Dec 17, 2008 at 06:10 PM
    i to have noticed on several occasion's sheriff's car with family member's in the front and back seats. also other goverment cars with passengers that are just being hauled around free. stop the waste and stop using our money to support your family's i think WE pay you enough without you sponging off the good people who put you in office!!
  • by tam Location: whitesburg on Dec 17, 2008 at 05:26 PM
    thats right lets help out the local government when people r starving and doing out right here in our neighborhood.. they r children that go to school everyday and that is the only meal they get. why dont we think about them for a while.....
  • by BigEvil Location: E. Ky on Dec 17, 2008 at 03:43 PM
    I like to know how much is the Judges or all there big buddies that roll out to play golf etc.. how much are they putting in the pot that they are dipping in to
  • by Bill on Dec 17, 2008 at 02:57 PM
    bill it all to Medicaid. They are not lacking in funding...
  • by Ellen Location: Isom on Dec 17, 2008 at 12:28 PM
    Here is a suggestion to save taxpayer money,let's ask the Judge Executive to take a 10% pay cut.
  • by John Location: Hazard on Dec 17, 2008 at 10:54 AM
    I was just recently in Breathitt County and saw the sheriff and the coroner riding around in brand new Tahoe/suburban suv's, wonder who's paying for those.
  • by Wesley Location: Whitesburg on Dec 17, 2008 at 07:30 AM
    I see several good comments here especially the ones regarding Judge executives with business degrees, I'm willing to bet NONE of them have a college degree in business when in all reality it should be a required MBA.My second is also addressed previously, why all the suv's and free gas for non-essential service? In some counties we still have high paid jailers with no jails in that county-go figure. Please stop whinning until you clean up the waste and the mess.
  • by d Location: isom on Dec 17, 2008 at 07:19 AM
    here is one cutback idea, stop letting all of the sheriffs dept from riding around on weekends and evenings with the kids and families in there county vehicles. that would save alot of gas plus wear and tear on the cars..........
  • by Jonah on Dec 17, 2008 at 06:30 AM
    How can I apply for that there free blacktop and gravel?
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