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5th District Magistrate Ed Gorin retires from Fiscal Court

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Gorin served on the Taylor County Fiscal Court for 16 years; cites health concerns as reason for retirement

By Josh Claywell

 

A long-serving Taylor County magistrate is stepping down due to his health.

Ed Gorin, who serves as magistrate in District 5, wrote the court a letter explaining he was retiring because of health reasons after nearly 16 years of service.

“At this time, I would like to ask the court accept this letter,” Gorin wrote. “After prayerful consideration and after many hours of discussion with my family, I have decided to retire from the 5th District Magistrate position. I have enjoyed working with this Fiscal Court, as well as previous courts, in providing many years of service and representation for the residents of the 5th District.

“It was an honor to be elected and an even greater honor to serve. All of you know that representing Taylor County as magistrate is a great passion of mine. I love the people, and I love seeing the positive influence not only in my beloved 5th District, but Taylor County as a whole.

“My decision was not an easy one, because I love and enjoy this job so much. I will continue to keep this court and the future decisions of this court in my prayers.”

Gorin’s retirement is effective Monday.

Taylor County Judge-Executive Eddie Rogers said the process to fill Gorin’s seat will begin as soon as possible. Gov. Matt Bevin will appoint someone to take over for Gorin. Magistrates John Gaines, Tommy Corbin and Richard Phillips voted to approve the change. Magistrates James Jones and Zuel Yarberry were not in attendance for the vote, but Yarberry arrived later.

“I’ll say ‘aye,’ but I’ll say it reluctantly because I realize Ed’s condition and I hate to see this,” Gaines said. “I know he’s passionate about his position on this court. I’ll quit before I cry.”

Phillips, who sits next to Gorin during court sessions, said Gorin was the quintessential magistrate and a great representative of not just his district, but the county.

“I sit by Ed, and nobody loved being a magistrate more than Ed – and that includes all of us,” Phillips said. “He went to every function, he knew all his people by first name. He just loved being magistrate every day. He woke up thinking about what he could do in his district. I personally hate this. I wish there was another option, but if these are Ed’s wishes, I would accept them. I personally hate it because I had personally held out hope that Ed would make it back. He has his good days and he has his bad days, and this is what he and Becky decided. But I truly, truly do this with a heavy heart. I know how much Ed loved being a magistrate and I hate to see him having to resign.”

Judge Rogers said Gorin served the community and court well in his time as magistrate, “many times exceeding expectations.”

“We all need to keep Ed and his family in our daily thoughts and prayers and hope he enjoys retirement with improving health,” he said. “I and this court and the citizens of this county appreciate his nearly 16 years of service.”

 

In other business:

• The court approved using $40 from the Local Government Economic Assistance Fund in whatever way is needed.

Judge Rogers jokingly asked the audience if anyone had ideas of how to use the money, but it has to be used by the road department for road improvements.

“How much of a pothole will that cover?” Gaines quipped.

• The court accepted the third quarter treasurer’s report.

•  The court approved the renewal of insurance plans through the Kentucky Association of Counties. The measure passed 3-0.

• The court received the budget to review ahead of next week’s regularly scheduled meeting. The first reading will take place then.

•  The court approved a budget transfer of $37,693.55 to the general fund.

• Judge Rogers updated the smoke detectors grant, saying Monday was the last day for residents to sign up.

• The court appointed David Chewning to the Economic Development Authority for a four-year term. Chewning will replace Russell Montgomery, who elected not to seek another term.

• The court approved applying for a Homeland Security grant of $46,000 for the fire department.

• The court reviewed policies and administrative code and the emergency management policy. They will be ratified May 8.

 

The court then went into executive session for about 20 minutes. The next regular scheduled meeting of the Taylor County Fiscal Court is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Taylor County Courthouse.

 

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