FRANKFORT – It looks like the vacancy on the Magoffin County Fiscal Court is going to remain open for a little while longer.
While Wednesday, July 18 marked the 30-day deadline for Governor Matt Bevin to appoint the replacement for the District 1 magistrate position, Holly Houillion, with the Governor’s Office, told the Independent the governor has been traveling and not had a chance to fill the position. She said they have a meeting tentatively set for next week to discuss appointments needing approval.
The vacancy refers to the unexpired term, originally held by Gary “Rooster” Risner, who was found guilty in August 2016 by a federal jury on charges relating to conspiracy to commit vote-buying in the 2014 elections. Last month a three-judge panel with the Sixth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals affirmed the 2016 conviction, making the vacancy official.
With this being an election year, the unexpired term will run through the end of the year, when the next round of county elected officials will be sworn in.
Democrat Harlen “Sarge” Rowe and Republican Darrel Ray Howard will be on the ballot in the Magistrate District 1 race for the General Election this year.
The Independent will release more information about the vacancy as it becomes available.