R.W. "Buckwheat" Gilbert ended his 10-year tenure as Lincoln County's judge-executive at midnight Thursday and will give way to William G. Demrow.
Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Demrow last week to replace Gilbert until the Nov. 2, 2010 election. Gilbert, who started in county government as a magistrate in 1985, announced his resignation earlier in September.
Because he decided to step down from his office, Gilbert had to resign from his post as first vice president of the Kentucky Association of Counties.
KACo President J. Michael Foster, the Christian County Attorney, honored Gilbert at Wednesday's KACo board meeting, calling him a "great county judge" who dispensed "invaluable" advice.