FRANKFORT — Glenn E. Acree of Lexington is the new chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. His term will begin July 1.
Acree, 57, was elected to the position this week by his fellow judges on the appellate court.
Acree will succeed Court of Appeals Judge Jeff S. Taylor of Owensboro as chief judge.
Taylor has served as chief judge since July 1, 2010. He is stepping down after completing the term of Court of Appeals Judge Sara Walter Combs, who resigned as chief judge in May 2010. Taylor will continue serving as a Court of Appeals judge.
The chief judge provides administrative oversight to the Court of Appeals and serves in the position for a four-year term under the Kentucky Constitution.
"I am honored to have been chosen by my colleagues to serve as chief judge," Acree said in a statement. "I will do my best to live up to the fine examples of the chief judges who have preceded me.
"I draw strength from the support of my fellow judges and, more significantly, I am inspired by our unsung support staff who remain dedicated to ensuring justice for all Kentuckians despite being asked to make personal sacrifices necessitated by the underfunding of the judicial branch."
"I commend the Court of Appeals judges on their selection of Judge Glenn Acree to lead them as their chief judge," said Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr.
"His keen mind, leadership skills and hard work have gained him the respect of his peers. I look forward to working with Judge Acree."
Acree was elected judge for the Kentucky Court of Appeals in November 2006 to serve Division 2 of the 5th Appellate District. He was appointed to that position in August 2006 to fill a vacancy created when Judge Julia K. Tackett retired.
The 5th Appellate District comprises Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Scott and Woodford counties.
Acree had a solo practice in Lexington from 1997 until his appointment to the Court of Appeals. He was a partner in the Lexington law firms of Stidham & Acree from 1996-97, and Thomas, Stidham & Acree from 1994-96.
From 1985-94, he was an associate in the Lexington office of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland.
Before joining the Court of Appeals, Acree handled litigation and appeals in the areas of criminal law, administrative law, employment discrimination, contract dispute, civil procedure, insurance law, domestic relations, environmental law and construction law.
After taking the bench, Acree founded the Kentucky Bar Association Appellate Advocacy Section. He is one of 214 state and federal judges nationwide designated as a Fellow of the Advanced Science & Technology Adjudication Resource Center.
Acree has a bachelor's degree and juris doctor degree from the University of Kentucky. He also earned a master's degree from the University of Maryland in American History.
He is married to the former Lisa T. Hahn of Versailles, and has two sons, Matt and Taylor.