Darren Doyle, story
Governor Matt Bevin has appointed Edmonson County Attorney J.B. Hines to serve as the next District Judge for the 38th District which is made of Butler, Edmonson, Hancock and Ohio counties.
Attorney Hines was nominated at the end of 2016 along with attorneys Richard Joseph Deye of Morgantown and Tara Nicole Ward of Hartford by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
“I am honored that Governor Bevin appointed me. I thank the citizens of Edmonson County for their support and making this possible," said Hines. "I am proud that my home and office will continue to be in Edmonson County, and that I will continue to serve our county. We have made great strides in the county attorney's office by reaching new, positive benchmarks. I will continue the hard work for our citizens, and work with our county government to make the transition.”
The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for February 27, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Edmonson County Courthouse. Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. of the Supreme Court of Kentucky is scheduled to perform the swearing-in ceremony.
Hines has run a private law practice since 2005, dealing with civil litigation, criminal law, domestic relations, wills and probate. He has also served as Edmonson County Attorney, where he implemented new programs to combat uninsured driving and dramatically improve child support collections.
After earning a B.A. in Spanish and government and an MPA from Western Kentucky University, Hines graduated from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.
This appointment takes effect immediately, and Hines shall serve until the position is filled in accordance with the results of the November 2018 midterm election, pursuant to the provisions of Section 152 of the Kentucky Constitution.
Edmonson County Judge Wil Cannon will now be responsible for appointing a new county attorney in the place of Hines' absence.
"I'm not going to wait very long to make the appointment," said Judge Cannon. "There are currently two different attorneys on the list of candidates and I've been in contact with each of them. I'll make a decision as soon as it's possible."
Cannon said that just because a candidate might be an experienced attorney, it wouldn't necessarily be the best fit for the Edmonson County Attorney.
"Being a county attorney is much more complicated than just prosecuting cases. There's a large array of responsibilities that fall outside of prosecution. We need someone with prior experience in that field."
Cannon said that while appointing a new county attorney is very serious and could possibly be difficult, he wishes Hines well with his new role.
"I'm really happy for him," he said. "We both began serving in our offices at the same time and we've grown together. I hate to see him leave as county attorney, but I don't fault him for moving on with this opportunity. There will be a transitional period for us as a county, but we'll make it through just fine."