Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Judge Executive Wil Cannon has announced that local attorney Greg Vincent will be appointed as the new County Attorney after current County Attorney J.B. Hines is sworn in as the new District Court Judge for Division 1 of the 38th Judicial District on February 27, 2017.
Cannon said that he began interviewing candidates as soon as Hines was nominated for the judgeship.
"We had to be prepared in the event that J.B. was appointed by the governor and that's exactly what happened," said Cannon. "We can't be without a county attorney and I felt like Greg was the best choice to fill this vacancy. He has 16 years experience as our county attorney and we're confident that he'll fit in well with our county government now."
Attorney Greg Vincent said he is humbled by the appointment and looks forward to serving again in the role that he previously held.
"I'm honored to be asked to come back and help the county," Vincent said. "Frankly, I never really expected to be back in this position. I was happy to be in the private business, but after continually being asked to fill the vacancy by other county government officials and many citizens, I accepted."
Vincent said he plans to remain in his current office at 103 East Main Cross Street on the square and that everything pertaining to the county attorney office will be moved from J.B. Hines' office next door on February 28.
"It will take a little time, so I ask for your patience while we make the transition," said Vincent. "We'll have to have secure computer and phone lines installed and some other things, but we'll do everything we can to make the change as efficiently and quickly as possible."
Cannon said the decision came down to who he felt would serve Edmonson County the best as County Attorney and Cannon's past experience with Vincent had already proven out.
"I was a Kentucky State Trooper when I first met Greg. At that time he was a defense attorney, and a good one," said Cannon. "Soon after, he was elected as our County Attorney and he was by far the best local prosecutor I've ever worked with."
Vincent is scheduled to be sworn in on February 27, 2017 at 2pm at the courthouse. Hines' swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to take place on the same day at 11am, also at the courthouse. Vincent said he's happy to have the opportunity to serve his county again, especially being a county native.
"I'll try to do everything I can to help Edmonson County, whether it be through the local government and fiscal court or assisting our local law enforcement," he added.
Vincent also said he plans to continue his private practice, although he'll have to make some changes to accommodate the new role he'll assume in a couple of weeks.