Contact: Woody Maglinger
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2018) – Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following judicial appointments for Fayette County:
Elizabeth Green Messer, of Lexington, has been appointed as Circuit Judge to serve in the Family Court for Kentucky’s 22nd Judicial Circuit, Division 1.
Messer joined the Fayette County Attorney’s office in 2008. Since 2010, she has served as the lead prosecutor in the Juvenile Division of the Fayette County Attorney’s Office, specializing in the prosecution of child dependency, neglect/abuse, status and juvenile criminal cases. Messer obtained both her undergraduate degree and juris doctorate from the University of Kentucky.
"I am honored by Governor Bevin's selection of me to serve as judge in the Fayette Family Court,” said Messer. “I would also like to thank Chief Justice Minton and the Judicial Nominating Commission for their confidence in recommending me. Having dedicated my career to protecting children and serving families as a prosecutor, this is an opportunity to make an even greater impact on the community I love. As judge I will continue to serve Fayette County with a commitment to justice, integrity, and compassion."
Messer will serve until the position is filled in accordance with the results of the November 2018 midterm election, pursuant to the provisions of Section 152 of the Kentucky Constitution.
John Edward Reynolds, of Lexington, has been appointed as Circuit Judge for Kentucky’s 22nd Judicial Circuit, Division 3.
Reynolds is currently a private practice attorney in Nicholasville. For the past 18 years, he has represented clients in personal injury, civil litigation, criminal defense, family law, probate and personal injury cases. Reynolds receive his undergraduate degree from Loyola University in Louisiana and his juris doctorate from the University of Kentucky.
“Governor Bevin’s appointment to the Fayette Circuit Bench is accepted with much gratitude and resolve for the opportunity to serve Fayette County,” said Reynolds. “I am thankful to both the Judicial Nominating Committee and to Governor’s staff for their consideration and service to our community."
Reynolds will serve until the position is filled in accordance with the results of the November 2018 midterm election, pursuant to the provisions of Section 152 of the Kentucky Constitution.