Mercer County Judge-Executive John Trisler has announced that he is resigning effective July 31.
He told the Herald-Leader that after six years on the job, he was looking to retire and address "outside personal responsibilities."
Trisler, 66, informed county officials about his decision Tuesday. He issued a public statement saying that this month would be a natural departure point with the start of a new fiscal year and with the building of a new judicial center under way.
"I feel now is the right time in my life to make this change and a good time for the citizens of Mercer County," Trisler said.
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A Democrat from Salvisa, Trisler was appointed Mercer County's top official in September 2003 by then-Gov. Paul Patton after the death of Judge-Executive Charles H. McGinnis. Trisler is a former executive with Lexmark International.
With the position not on the ballot until 2010, Gov. Steve Beshear can appoint a replacement. Trisler called Beshear's aides to inform them about his resignation on Wednesday, said Jay Blanton, Beshear's spokesman.
Blanton said the governor will appoint Trisler's successor by Aug. 1.
Among the two possible replacements being mentioned are two former state representatives from Mercer County, Jack L. Coleman Jr. and Milward Dedman.
"I have made some calls and asked to have my name considered," said Coleman, who served in the House from 1991 to 2004
Coleman, a Democrat from Burgin, said Trisler had been an excellent county official. He said he had told Trisler he wouldn't run against him but was considering campaigning for the judge-executive post in 2010 if Trisler decided not to seek another term.
Coleman owns a lumber company in Burgin.
Dedman, who runs a real estate company in Harrodsburg, succeeded Coleman in the House. He won the 2004 election as a Republican but switched to the Democratic Party in September 2007.
Eight months later, Dedman lost the Democratic primary for the 55th House District to Kent Stevens of Lawrenceburg.
Dedman couldn't be reached for comment.