Clay County Magistrate Johnny Johnson has been appointed county judge-executive, replacing an office holder who resigned after being indicted on public-corruption charges.
Gov. Matt Bevin announced Johnson’s appointment Wednesday.
Johnson has been a magistrate since 2007. He operates Johnson’s Sporting Goods and Service Station.
Johnson will serve the remainder of a term that expires at the end of 2018, Bevin’s office said. He could run in 2018 for a full term.
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Johnson’s predecessor, Joe Lewis Asher, and then-county road foreman Buford Jarvis were charged last year with being involved in a scheme to charge property owners a fee for using county-owned equipment to do improvements on private property, such as installing drainage culverts.
The charges are pending.