Fletcher appoints McQuerry to fiscal court

December 14, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

Gov. Ernie Fletcher has appointed Rick McQuerry to fill the vacant seat on Boyle County Fiscal Court. He will be the first Republican magistrate in recent memory.

McQuerry, much like his predecessor Martin G. Curtis, is not in favor of new taxes. After attending all of the community meetings held about the county's fiscal situation, McQuerry said he is not convinced that an increase in payroll tax is necessary.

He plans to study the budget and use his business and engineering backgrounds to figure out how the county can keep services and reduce costs.

"Although the county is not a business, there are good business practices that can be applied to management of the county," he said. "I've never seen a budget that you couldn't make leaner, and I've been dealing with budgets for 20 years."


McQuerry fills the seat left when Curtis fell ill and was unable to finish his term. Curtis' niece, who serves as his power of attorney, retired on his behalf in October.

McQuerry will serve until the next general election in November 2006. His district includes West Perryville, East Perryville, Mitchellsburg, Parksville and Bluegrass precincts.

Judge-Executive Tony Wilder said he believes McQuerry was a good choice. "It will be good to have representation for that district in the county," he said. "I know Rick personally, and always found him to be informed about his community."

McQuerry, his wife and their two teenagers live east of Perryville, and he is plant manager of Classic Rattan in Nicholasville. They moved to the county in 1997 to work for Jackson Furniture of Danville, which is now Flexcel-Danville. His wife, Jeanne, works for Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Boyle and Lincoln counties. "I've lived in enough places to know how special Boyle County is, and I'm never leaving," he said.

He graduated from Tusculum College in Greenville, Tenn., with a degree in management.

McQuerry said he is looking forward to getting to know his neighbors, and encourages them to voice their opinions to him. He can be reached at 332-8332.

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