Tim Thompson was appointed by Gov. Andy Beshear to serve the late Bill Burke as the Sixth District Magistrate of the Scott County Tax Court.
Although it is a public holiday, Thompson was officially sworn in on Thursday. The term expires at the end of 2022. Burke passed away a few weeks ago from a long illness.
“I am touched and honored to have been appointed a magistrate by Governor Andy Beshear,” said Thompson after the swearing-in ceremony. “I first want to express my sincere prayers to Bill Burke’s wife and children. After losing my dad this year, it’s devastating to experience, especially during the holidays. I want them to know that Mr. Burke will not be forgotten, and I will work to honor him and what he did for the Sixth District.
Thompson said he hoped to use his expertise and experience with the Georgetown Fire Department in his tax court post.
“I would like to take the opportunity I have now as a voice in the tax court to work with our emergency services to ensure that we will continue to keep our citizens safe as our population steadily increases,” he said. he declared. “I know there have been salary increases for our employees, but I want to make sure that we are doing everything possible to recruit and retain the best employees for all of our departments. It is the employees, not the judge or the tax court, who run our county, so we must continue to take care of them.
“I see a lot of issues in my work with homelessness and drug use in Scott County that the average person may not be familiar with. I would like to work with my fellow magistrates to find a solution to the problem. Affordable housing and rehabilitation are two things I would like to continue working on.
“Once again, I’m at a loss for words. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve, and I hope my dad looks down today and is proud of me.
Thompson is a longtime resident of Scott County. He and his wife, Heather, have been married for 22 years and have four children, Abby, Lily, Moses and Micah. Her parents are the late Marvin Thompson, a long-time Georgetown City Council member, and Rita Thompson, who manages the Not Alone Pregnancy Center in Georgetown.
Thompson is currently the Georgetown Deputy Chief Prevention Officer with the Georgetown Fire Department. Previously, he worked in the city’s public works department before joining the fire department in 2005. Since then, he has obtained the ranks of firefighter to captain to fire marshal.
Thompson and his wife started the nonprofit 2400. org in 2011 after adopting two Ugandan sons. The association raised funds to provide some 40,000 mosquito nets and four water wells in areas where their sons were born. The couple travel frequently to Uganda and have carried out missions to Kenya and Haiti.
Thompson is also chairman of the Scott County Board of Health, which is managed by WEDCO and vice chairman of the WEDCO Board of Health, which covers Scott, Nicholas and Harrison counties, as well as home health in County of. Bourbon.
“On behalf of the Scott County Tax Court, I welcome Tim Thompson,” said Executive Judge Joe Pat Covington. “Tim has a history of commitment to the community as a long-time member of the Georgetown Fire Department and the WEDCO Board of Health. I have no doubts that Tim will serve the district and the community well in this new role.
A ceremony was originally scheduled for earlier this week, but questions have been raised about conflicts of interest over Thompson’s position with the city, and the magistrate is a county post. It was determined that no conflict existed and Covington scheduled the swearing-in as soon as permission was given.
Thompson is only the third person to represent the Sixth District in Scott County Tax Court. Georgetown Mayor Tom Prather served as Sixth District Magistrate for 16 years and Burke served for seven years. The court was expanded to a form of magistrate government in the late 1990s.
All Scott County Tax Court seats, including the Sixth District, will be up for election in November 2022.