Lear to be sworn in as District 4 magistrate

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By Staff

Jeff Lear was appointed Wednesday by Gov. Steve Beshear as District 4 magistrate. Lear replaces Tim Hutchins, who resigned while running for judge executive.

Lear is the first Republican ever elected to Nelson Fiscal Court. He defeated David Shields, Democrat, and J.T. “Thomas” Fulkerson, Independent, for the Fourth District seat. Lear will be sworn in as the District 4 Magistrate Tuesday.

Nelson Fiscal Court’s other new magistrate, Keith Metcalfe, will begin serving in January. He will replace Maynard Wimsett for the District 1 seat.