Mercer conservationist takes job in Pulaski

November 24, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - Joe Montgomery was the object of praise from Mercer County Judge-Executive John Trisler Tuesday morning, but the honoree wasn't there to hear them.

Montgomery was at work at his new post as district conservationist in Somerset, his hometown. He left the same job here. The Pulaski County post is a promotion for Montgomery who spent 6 1/2 years at the job in Mercer County and before that was conservationist in Boyle County for eight years.

Trisler said Montgomery is a man of his word who always follows through on what he says he will do. Trisler drew from a list of Montgomery's many accomplishments during his time in the Harrodsburg office.

They include assisting more than 9,000 individuals and groups with numerous waterways, spring developments, livestock tanks, pipelines, wells and pond clean-outs. He also aided 47 county cost-share program applications and 329 applications for state cost-share programs. Sixty-three were approved, and almost $700,000 was issued to land owners to date. In addition, 24 easements were approved in the Purchase Agricultural Conservation Easements program, protecting 4,364 Mercer County acres.


"I think Joe will always have a special place in our hearts," Trisler said.

Pulaski County is the third largest of Kentucky's 120 counties. Mercer County has about 1,500 farmers compared to more than 4,000 in Pulaski; there are about 432,000 acres of land in Pulaski compared to 167,000 in Mercer County.

"I'm glad to be here," Montgomery said in telephone interview Tuesday from the town where he grew up, "but I really like it up there. They're really good counties and a lot of good farmers up there."

Dinner in his honor

The Mercer Conservation District's Board of Supervisors held a dinner in his honor on Nov. 12.

Montgomery said he was grateful for that and the words of praise for him at Tuesday's Fiscal Court meeting.

"They treated me too good," he said of the board. "I hated to miss (the Fiscal Court meeting,)" he said, but with the Thursday holiday and other events, Tuesday was the only day he'd be in his new office this week.

He and his family will continue to live in Danville for a while. His wife, Mardi, is the deputy secretary in the Education Cabinet of state government in Frankfort. Joe Montgomery's mother, brother and sister live in Pulaski County.

The Mercer County job has not been filled, and the opening has been advertised.

Montgomery will be missed, Trisler said. "His replacement will have big shoes to fill."

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