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.