HINDMAN — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Zach Weinberg as the new judge-executive in Knott County.
Kerri Richardson, communications director for Gov. Beshear’s office, confirmed the appointment was filed with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office on Thursday.
Weinberg’s appointment follows the removal of former Knott County Judge-Executive Randy Thompson, after Thompson was sentenced to serve 40 months in a federal prison in Pennsylvania. Thompson was convicted in 2008 for using public funds to influence the general election two year before, during which he won his first term in office. He was later re-elected in 2010 while appealing the conviction.
Magistrate Jamie Mosley had been fulfilling the duties of judge-executive for the past two weeks. Weinberg will now fill the remainder of Thompson’s term, which is set to expire next year.
The Herald will update this story as details become available.