Woodford County Magistrate Bruce Gill has died, Woodford Judge-Executive John Coyle confirmed.
Mr. Gill, 56, died Monday morning at his home in Versailles, Coyle said.
Mr. Gill was elected to Woodford Fiscal Court in 2010, running as an independent, Coyle said.
"His death has been a shock to the entire community," Coyle said. "As far as I know, Bruce was the only independent candidate to ever be elected to a magisterial seat here in Woodford County."
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Mr. Gill was born in Indianapolis, a son of Eloise Gill and the late Richard Gill.
He was a graduate of Woodford County High School and the University of Kentucky, his family said.
Mr. Gill ran a used-car dealership in Versailles.
"I first met him when I came into the county sheriff's office in 1986," Coyle said. "Bruce always had a smile on his face and was willing to listen and learn.
"He was active in his church and the community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Mary Ann, and his entire family.
"He will truly be missed by me, by the fiscal court and by whole the community."
In addition to his wife of 32 years, Mr. Gill is survived by five daughters, five grandchildren, two brothers and a sister.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at St. Leo Catholic Church, Versailles, Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.