Governor announces changes to Kentucky Colonel nomination process

Published: Jun. 6, 2016 at 2:47 PM EDT
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Gov. Matt Bevin and Lynn Ashton, the Executive Director of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, announced a new way to nominate Kentucky Colonels.

There is now an online nomination form. The new form includes a field where people can list the nominee’s service in a charitable organization or acts of community service.

“Each year, Colonels in all 50 states and 36 countries combine their resources to support non-profits that improve the lives of Kentuckians,” said Gov. Bevin. “Kentucky Colonels are servant leaders that are dedicated to the well-being of their community in a way no one else can be. They touch the lives of those who need it most throughout the Commonwealth, including people and families in our communities. Kentucky Colonels enjoy a rich tradition and history, and we hope that this renewed focus on community service helps revitalize the spirit of giving within the Order.”

Last month, Governor Bevin temporarily stopped issuing Kentucky Colonel commissions pending a review of the requirements necessary to receive the honorary title.

“We appreciate the Governor taking the time to thoughtfully review the application process for the first time in memory,” said Ms. Ashton. “We look forward to continuing to work together in honoring servant leaders and improving the lives of Kentuckians.”

Only active members of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels may make recommendations.

At least 85,000 people have received the title.