Blake Durrett will be the next judge-executive of LaRue County.
Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order Wednesday naming Durrett to fill the vacancy created Aug. 31 by the retirement of Tommy Turner, who had served in the office since 1985.
Durrett, who will celebrate his 35th birthday next Wednesday, received official notification of his appointment from Turner, who once was the state’s youngest judge-executive.
“Tommy’s been a good supporter of mine,” Durrett said late Wednesday. “I’m very blessed.”
A Baptist minister and engineer, Durrett and his wife, the former Whitney Pickerell, have been married 12 years and have two children, Edison, who is almost 8, and Ren, 9 months, The family lives near Hodgenville on Tonieville Road.
Durrett is unsure about when he will take the oath of office but it could be as early as today.
A Democrat, Durrett said he plans to seek the office when it appears again on election ballots in 2022.
“I’ve got two years to win the confidence and the hearts of LaRue Countians,” he said.
After his appointment Wednesday, Durrett resigned his position as Campbellsville city engineer. He said he has some transitional responsibilities to work out with the city. Because of the nature of the appointment process, Durrett said he was unable to give notice but he did alert Campbellsville’s mayor of the possibility a couple weeks ago.
In addition to his engineering work, which includes his private business called Durrett Engineering, he is minister at New Salem Baptist Church in the community of Donansburg near the Hart County-Green County line. Durrett also is a former member of the Land of Lincoln Board of Adjustments in LaRue County.
A 2003 graduate of Green County High School, Durrett studied two years at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and completed his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Kentucky.
As an aside, he knows his way around the LaRue County Courthouse. In 2014, his business provided the design and reconfigured the courthouse parking lot.