PRESTONSBURG – Residents in Knott County are currently without a judge-executive after a circuit judge in Floyd County removed Randy Thompson from office on Friday.
Thompson, who is serving a 40-month prison sentence in Pennsylvania, was convicted by a federal jury in 2008 of using public funds to influence the 2006 general election. He began serving his sentence late last year, at which time Deputy Judge Greg Mullins began fulfilling Thompson’s duties as county judge.
Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney Brent Turner, acting on behalf of the commonwealth, filed a lawsuit last month to remove Thompson from office based on his status as a convicted felon. Thompson filed a response in an attempt to dismiss the suit, though his attempt was ultimately unsuccessful when a judge’s ruling on Friday ended his tenure as judge-executive in Knott County.
The vacancy left from Thompson’s removal will be filled by Gov. Steve Beshear, who according to state law has 30 days to appoint a new judge-executive to fulfill the remainder of Thompson’s term. The governor’s office learned of the court’s decision late Friday morning, said spokesperson Kerri Richardson.
Thompson, who was initially appointed by former Gov. Ernie Fletcher in 2005, won his first full term in 2006. He was re-elected to office in 2010.