Barton to stay as county judge

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Teresa Barton said Sunday she was offered a position in the Ernie Fletcher-Steve Pence administration but has decided for now to remain as Franklin County Judge-Executive.

Wes Irvin, director of communications for Gov.-elect Fletcher, confirmed Barton had been offered a position in the new administration. Neither Irvin nor Barton, however, would say what specific job she was offered.

"Teresa Barton represents the type of folks Gov.-elect Fletcher wants as a part of his team - people with rock-solid values who get things done," Irvin said.

"Teresa Barton exemplifies both of those things. There would have been different opportunities (in the administration) for people of Teresa's caliber, and you never know what might come down the road. She's a fine, fine lady, a person you enjoy being around, and would want around you. We just appreciate her support and campaigning with us throughout the election."

Barton said, "It was a very difficult decision to make in light of the fact that I want to be part of the exciting change that Gov.-elect Ernie Fletcher is bringing to Kentucky. I did a lot of soul searching and determined that many issues need to be resolved and projects completed in Franklin County before I can truly consider making a career change."

She said the North Shelby and Peaks Mill water districts are expanding their jurisdiction, county government is in the middle of the Choateville Phase I sewer project and laying the groundwork for Phase II, and the commission to study merger of city and county governments is just getting under way. Barton serves as chairwoman of the 27-member commission.

"Several zone changes are coming our way that need seeing out," Barton said. "The Farmdale sewer project needs leadership, and I hope to work with the mitigation buyout program for some homes in Bald Knob. We have such a chemistry among Fiscal Court members, and I can't allow that to be sacrificed. I feel a sense of community commitment and want to serve those who elected me."

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