KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) The past eight weeks have not been easy for Knott County Judge Executive Zach Weinberg. Since the day he was appointed, he’s been trying to find ways to balance the county’s budget.
“We’ve paid a lot of attention to what people were doing and how they could be utilized to do the best, so we had to consolidate some jobs so we could save some money,” Weinberg said.
Effective Saturday, a new plan released by the fiscal court cut four county employee jobs and created two new positions, saving the county around $100,000.
One of the changes involves expanding one county official’s role into overseeing several departments.
Greg Mullins was acting as Homeland Security Management Director for the county, his new role as Director of Government Services includes 911, the Human Service Center and Ecology departments.
Mullins is a retired Kentucky State Police trooper and is not a stranger to budget issues. He served as acting judge executive for about three months after Randy Thompson went to prison.
“I’m assuming some duties of some people that have been here a long time, not a good job, but we’ve also got good people remaining,” Mullins said.
Tough decisions for a county with a new vision.