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Magistrate resigns seat on Fiscal Court

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By Calen McKinney

Marshall Caulk has resigned his position as Taylor County's 4th District Magistrate, citing health reasons.

Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers said Caulk recently sent a letter announcing his resignation to Gov. Steve Beshear.

Rogers said Caulk has recently been unable to attend some of Taylor Fiscal Court's meetings because of illness.

"He's been an excellent magistrate. We just hate to see him leave," Rogers said. "He's done an excellent job for his district."

On Tuesday, Caulk said he is resigning for health reasons. He declined to comment further. A copy of his resignation letter was not available before press time.

Rogers said Beshear may, if he deems it necessary, appoint someone to fill Caulk's position. A new magistrate, however, will be elected to represent the 4th District in the November General Election.

While awaiting Beshear's potential appointment, Rogers said, residents of the 4th District who need assistance may contact his office at 465-7729.

Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney said local political party representatives will meet to nominate a person living in the 4th District to run in November to become Caulk's replacement. The deadline for that nomination is Aug. 12.

Anyone else living in the 4th District who wants to file for the position after that date, Carney said, may do so as a write-in candidate.

The 4th District is made up of the Elk Horn-Yuma, Ireland/Irene-Romine and New South areas.

Caulk defeated former 4th District Magistrate Steve Holt to regain his magisterial position in November 2006. He had previously served two terms as magistrate.

"I believe a magistrate's vote in Fiscal Court should be a vote for the majority, not the minority he or she represents," he said in September 2006.

"I enjoy working with people and I know the people of the 4th District."

- Staff Writer Calen McKinney can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 235 or by e-mail at reporter@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.