Former Simpson County Judge-Executive Jim Henderson has been appointed as the new executive director/CEO of The Kentucky Association of Counties.
Henderson, who has served as deputy executive director of the organization more commonly known as KACo since January 2018, will assume his new duties immediately.
Henderson's appointment was announced by KACo on May 31.
According to a press release, KACo is the premier organization dedicated to serving all Kentucky counties through quality programs and services and by advocating for legislative solutions to county needs and priorities. It is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of county officials from across various local elected offices
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who reside across the state.
"It was important for us to find a leader who understands the challenges and opportunities that face our locally elected officials, but also with the breadth of experience to run a complex organization like KACo," said KACo President and Caldwell County Magistrate Elbert Bennett in the release. "Jim fits that description and then some. We are confident that KACo will flourish under his leadership."
Prior to coming to KACo, Henderson served as Simpson County Judge/Executive for five terms. In 2012, he was elected as 2nd vice-president of the KACo Board of Directors and became president of KACo in 2015. He is also a past-president of the Kentucky County Judge/Executive Association (KCJEA) and was a member of the KCJEA executive board and legislative committee for nearly 15 years.
"I'm honored by the confidence and support shown to me by the Board of Directors," said Henderson. "I'm passionate about our mission, and I believe strongly in the role our county officials play in the life of our Commonwealth. I look forward to working with county officials, legislators, and executive branch officials to address the needs of Kentucky at the local level. In the end, we want to provide the best resources and services to our counties, and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to wake up every day to meet that mission."
Henderson noted his desire to position counties proactively in solutions that affect the Commonwealth. "At my core, I still view things through the prism of an elected county official, and I believe counties are the most efficient and responsive level of government. We are going to ensure we are positioned to lead on issues being discussed in the Capitol."
Kentucky State Representative Wilson Stone, who has worked with Henderson for numerous years while representing Simpson County in the state legislature, remarked, "I have enjoyed working with Judge Henderson from his days as County Judge/Executive and through his role with KACo. He and I have always worked well together, and he has established a good working relationship with legislators across Kentucky. I am confident that he will be an excellent executive director/CEO for KACo and be a strong voice for county priorities in Frankfort."
KACo serves all 120 counties of the Commonwealth of Kentucky by providing insurance, financial services, research and planning, continuing education and training, and legislative services for counties and elected county officials.