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2020-21 KACo President


Reagan Taylor
Madison County Judge/Executive

Reagan Taylor’s KACo Executive Committee service began with a coin flip. Now, he is president of KACo.

With votes tied for second vice president, a coin was flipped to determine the winner. Taylor prevailed in that coin flip back in 2017, and he was sworn in as president during 2020’s 46th Annual KACo Conference in October.

Along with serving as the 2020-21 president, Taylor chairs the legislative committee and is on the Board of Directors. He serves on four more KACo boards including the Commonwealth Insurance Company Board, the Finance Corporation Board, the Insurance Agency Board and the Leasing Trust Board.

Taylor has served as Madison County judge/executive since 2015. As judge/executive of one of the fastest growing counties in the state, Madison County boasts more than 100,000 residents, including 17,000 students from Eastern Kentucky University and Berea College. 

During his time as judge/executive, Taylor has been instrumental in shepherding various projects to completion including road and bridge projects like the Exit-95 corridor exchange, modernizing the interaction between county government and residents through technology, addressing community drug addiction, and attracting and recruiting top companies to Madison County.

Taylor believes community service is critical to a healthy community. He serves on a variety of local and state boards including Kentucky River Foothills, Saint Joseph Hospital, Madison County Health Department and Madison County Cooperative Extension. 

A lifelong Madison County resident, Judge Taylor started his career as an entrepreneur, starting his own construction and real estate company prior to shifting to a career in public service.

Taylor and his wife, Kelly, have two daughters, Katherine and Natalie.

 

Past presidents

2020
Gary Moore
Judge/Executive, Boone County

2019
Elbert Bennett
Magistrate, Caldwell County 

2018
David Nicholson
Circuit Court Clerk, Jefferson County

2017
Bruce Todd
Magistrate, Henderson County 

2016
Jim Henderson
Judge/Executive, Simpson County

2015
Hubert Pollett
Magistrate, Shelby County 

2014
Jerry “Peanuts” Gaines
Sheriff, Warren County 

2013, 1997
Tommy Turner
Judge/Executive, LaRue County

2012
John Wilson
Judge/Executive, Garrard County

2011
Chris Harris
Magistrate, Pike County

2010
Rick Smith
Magistrate, Clark County

2009
J. Michael Foster
County Attorney, Christian County 

2008
David Jenkins
Judge/Executive, Spencer County

2007
Tony Carriss
Magistrate, Shelby County

2006
Tony Wilder
Judge/Executive, Boyle County 

2005
F.J. “Bear” Finn
Commissioner, Mason County

2004
Jim Townsend        
Judge/Executive, Webster County

2003
Hugh McCormick
Magistrate, Henderson County 

2002
Wayne Gunnell
Magistrate, Henry County

2001
Larry Whitaker
Judge/Executive, McLean County 

2000
Sandy Lee Watkins
Judge/Executive, Henderson County 

1999
Robert Samples 
Magistrate, Shelby County 

1998
Kent Clark
Judge/Executive, Madison County

1996
Jerry Stewart          
Commissioner, Graves County 

1995
Freddie Combs
Magistrate, Perry County

1995
Bob Arnold 
Judge/Executive, Franklin County

1994
Harold Robinson
Magistrate, Franklin County

1993
Nina Mooney          
County Clerk, Bullitt County

1992
David H. Pribble 
Judge/Executive, Pendleton County

1991
Sherman Neace
Judge/Executive, Perry County

1990
Terry O. McKinney
Judge/Executive, Lyon County

1989
Kenneth Y. Harper 
Judge/Executive, Simpson County

1988
Robert T. Harrod
Judge/Executive, Franklin County

1987
Sue Carole Perry 
County Clerk, Shelby County

1986
Mike Abell   
Judge/Executive, Nelson County

1984-85
John Weaver 
Commissioner, Boone County

1982-83
Betty Jo Denton Heick      
County Clerk, Bourbon County

1980-81
Mike Miller 
Judge/Executive, Marshall County

1978-79
Harry G. Hoffman II 
Judge/Executive, Montgomery County

1976-77
Robert B. Aldemeyer        
Commissioner, Kenton County

1975
Robert O. Miller 
Judge/Executive, Calloway County

1974
Robert F. Stephens 
Judge/Executive, Fayette County 

 

 

 

 

 

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