Rep. Michael Meredith was recently presented a 2022 County Advocate award by the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo). Pictured left-right, first row: KACo Director of Government Affairs Shellie Hampton, KACo Associate Director of Government Affairs Gracie Lagadinos, Warren County Jailer Stephen Harmon, Fiscal Court Clerk Brenda Hale, Magistrate Mark Young, Deputy Judge/Executive Marie Smith, County Clerk Lynette Yates, PVA Susan Lewis, Deputy Clerk Carla Hill, Magistrate Ron Cummings; top row left-right: KACo Executive Director Jim Henderson, Warren County Judge/Executive Mike Buchanon, County Attorney and KACo President-elect Amy Milliken, Rep. Meredith, Asst. Warren County Attorney Jamie Spinks Meredith, Edmonson County Judge/Executive Wil Cannon, Magistrate Doug Gorman
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Rep. Michael Meredith has been recognized for his service in the Kentucky legislature by a statewide organization representing county governments. The Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) presented Meredith with a 2022 County Advocate award this week.
"Rep. Meredith has always been willing to hear and understand the perspectives of local officials. We appreciate his steadfast efforts to support counties and the legislation that impacts them," said KACo Executive Director Jim Henderson. "Specifically, the funding for e-recording of county clerk documents, a solution to reapportionment that had been delayed due to COVID-19, fostering a discussion of saving counties significant taxpayer dollars by reducing jail costs and more were all critical to the mission of counties. KACo is proud to name Rep. Meredith a County Advocate."
Meredith has served in the Kentucky House since 2011, representing Edmonson County and part of Warren County. Several county officials, including KACo President-elect and Warren County Attorney Amy Milliken, joined Henderson and the KACo government affairs team for the award presentation in Bowling Green this week.
"As Chair of the House Committee on Local Government, I appreciate the friendships I have with both KACo and my local elected officials. After all, our constituents benefit when we work together," Meredith said. "We have focused on investing in areas that improve our quality of life and making our community the place that future generations want to call home. That means improving our roads, expanding access to broadband, and looking at how we can make our antiquated tax code more competitive. I’m proud to receive this award for the work we’ve done together this year and I look forward to our continued work in years to come."
Founded in 1974, the non-profit Kentucky Association of Counties is the voice of counties in the Commonwealth, representing more than 1,500 county elected officials. The KACo County Advocate award recognizes state lawmakers who supported counties by sponsoring or shepherding legislation that helps counties provide services and infrastructure to residents and businesses.