Few Items Discussed At Night Meeting
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
One of two annual night meetings was held last night for Edmonson County Fiscal Court where a very short agenda was discussed. The full meeting was live video streamed on the Edmonson Voice.
The two main items of business were introducing newly appointed District 3 Magistrate Charlie Tarter to the court in his first meeting and honoring Edmonson County K9 Deputy Tango, who passed on June 16th of this year.
Judge Executive Wil Cannon said most people don't understand the true nature of having a K9 deputy as a partner. Judge Cannon retired from Kentucky State Police as a Trooper for over two decades.
"I can tell you that that particular K9 is more than a right hand to that officer," he said. "When that deputy is lost, part of that officer is lost."
Cannon presented an honorary plaque to Deputy Tango's former handler, Deputy Jordan Jones. Jones thanked the court and discussed the difficulty he'd faced working without Tango. He also thanked the people of the county for their support of law enforcement officers, despite the current climate in the nation.
"I appreciate the community's outreach," he said. "I think it's nice to know that a police officer is still loved by his community, because a lot of places are showing that they just really don't care about them," Jones said. "That's not the way it is in Edmonson County and it never has been. This is the greatest place I've ever lived and I've lived a lot of places with my time in the military. I hope to never leave this place again. Thank ya'll very much."
Tarter was appointed by Governor Andy Beshear's office on Friday, July 24th and was sworn in to office on Monday morning. Tarter, a democrat, filled the vacant position left by former republican magistrate Clark Wood, who passed away while in office in March of 2020. Tarter is a local farmer from the Pig community that attended his first meeting last night.
"We welcome you to fiscal court," Judge Cannon said to Magistrate Tarter. "He spent most of the day with us and if there's anything we can do to help him, we'd be glad to."
Only a few county offices gave reports during the short meeting and no other new business was discussed.
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for August 10, 2020 at 9AM in the upstairs courtroom of the courthouse.