Marshall County Circuit Clerk’s Office to be named in honor of former clerk W.J. “Toad” Brien, Jr.


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

BENTON, Ky. - The Marshall County, Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk's office will have a new name by the end of the month.

In a September 30 ceremony, the office will be named in honor of former clerk W.J. "Toad" Brien, Jr.

Several guest speakers will attend the 2 p.m. event.  Those include former Marshall County Attorney and current United States Attorney of the Eastern District of Kentucky Kerry Harvey, Circuit Judge Dennis Foust and Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham.

The public is invited to attend.

The county judge executive's office released the following information concerning Brien's background:

Often called the "public's friend in the courthouse," W.J. "Toad" Brien, Jr. was first elected to public office when he became County Clerk in 1953. Sixteen years later, Brien was elected Circuit Court Clerk in 1969 and served until his retirement in 1994. Brien served as President of both the Kentucky County Clerk's Association and the Kentucky Circuit Clerk's Association. With 41 years of continuous service, Brien holds the record as Marshall County's longest serving public official. Brien passed away in September 1997 at the age of 78.