Ballard County judge executive decides against resignation
Ballard County Judge Executive Vickie Viniard is announcing Friday that she will not resign, after County Attorney Vickie Hayden announced earlier this week that the judge executive was considering doing just that.
In a statement released Friday, Viniard says she decided not to resign "due to phone calls and visits asking me to remain in my position." She says a county magistrate had asked her to resign and to decide by Friday. But, she says: "The people of Ballard County elected me to be their judge executive and do the job. That’s what I intend to do."
Viniard says, however, that there is more work to do than one person can manage, so she will appoint a deputy judge executive. The judge executive says she will appoint Ballard County Sheriff Todd Cooper as deputy judge executive at the next fiscal court meeting on Aug. 16.
You can read Viniard’s full statement — in which she addresses mismanagement accusations against former Ballard County treasurer Belinda Foster and other issues the county faces — below this story.