Magistrate Martin G. Curtis, who represents the county's largest district, has not attended a meeting since early March, or since before Judge-Executive Tony Wilder began to talk about the fiscal crisis.
Curtis serves District 1 that includes the West Perryville, East Perryville, Mitchellsburg, Parksville and Bluegrass precincts. It is unclear whether anyone will be able to vote on that district's behalf regarding a proposed tax increase.
He is ill, and resides in a local nursing home.
County Attorney Richard Campbell said that he wasn't at liberty to talk about the county's legal position on Curtis.
"It's a confidential matter," he said.
Curtis signed paperwork to give his niece, Judy Davis of Stanford, power of attorney on April 16, according to records in the courthouse.
The county pays for each magistrate's health insurance and they receive $6,200 a year salary.
Magistrates can vote to replace a colleague if they've missed two consecutive meetings without cause. Wilder has said that Curtis has a medical excuse.