Court names interim judge executive after official resigns

MANCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — The Clay County fiscal court has named an interim judge executive to replace an official who resigned following charges related to public corruption.

WKYT-TV ( reports that Johnny Johnson will be the Clay County judge executive until Governor Matt Bevin appoints someone to serve the rest of Joe Asher’s term, which expires at the end of 2018.

Asher resigned Monday, months after he and former road foreman, Buford Jarvis were indicted on abuse of public trust, bribery and possession of a forged instrument charges. The two pleaded not guilty to the charges in August.

The governor has 30 days to appoint Asher’s replacement. Johnson, who has been a long-time magistrate in the county, says he would like to officially serve in the position.

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