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West to replace Gunnell on Fiscal Court

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By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

Governor Steve Beshear has named Adam West to fill in the fiscal court position vacated earlier this year by Wayne Gunnell.

West was appointed to the position Nov. 5 and will complete the term of former Magistrate Wayne Gunnell who has accepted a post in state government.

West is a lifelong county resident and 1982 Henry County High School graduate. He completed his post-secondary education at the University of Louisville’s Speed School of Engineering.

West, his wife Lisa, and 5-year-old son, Logan live in Eminence.

West has been active in the community for many years. His past service includes five years on the Zoning Board of Adjustments and a stint as president of the Chamber of Commerce. “I also ran for state representative in 2002,” he said.

Judge Executive John Logan Brent said West’s past volunteerism makes him a good choice. He noted West served in the National Guard and as a Boy Scout leader.

“I served with him myself on the Chamber of Commerce,” Brent said. “It speaks well of someone that he’s willing to do things in his community as a volunteer.”

West said his employment as land surveyor contributes to his knowledge of Henry County’s needs. “My job as surveyor interacts with a lot of governments,” West said.

Brent said he believes West’s experience as a surveyor will serve him well. “I think there are several places he can be plugged in,” Brent said. “We’re working on a grant for the industrial park in Campbellsburg and working on the recreational park. We’re making a lot of progress in government.”

He said as magistrate he would like to facilitate county growth. “I’d like to see responsible, clean economic development,” West said. “We have a beautiful county.”

He said he does not want to see overdevelopment citing incidences of inappropriate business requests in the past. “There was a drag strip and other industry that didn’t fit in with the county,” West said. “It has to be properly developed.”

He said the basics would first need to be addressed. “We are a little behind the curve on infrastructure,” West said.

He said sensible development would provide more good paying jobs locally. He referred to a statistic that more than 60 percent of Henry County residents leave the county to go to work.

“A residential tax base does not produce enough revenue,” West said. “We need more business and industry.”

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