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About the Judicial Conduct Commission

The mission of the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission is to protect the public, to encourage judges, commissioners and candidates for judicial office to maintain high standards of conduct, and to promote public confidence in the integrity, independence, competence, and impartiality of the judiciary.

The Commission accomplishes this mission through its investigation of complaints of judicial misconduct, wrongdoing or disability. In cases where judges, commissioners and candidates for judicial office are found to have engaged in misconduct or to be incapacitated, the Kentucky Constitution authorizes the Commission to take appropriate disciplinary action, including issuing admonitions, reprimands, censures, suspensions, or removal from office.

Commission Members

Stephen D. Wolnitzek, Chair
Covington

Judge Jeff S. Taylor
Owensboro​

Judge Eddy Coleman
Pikeville

Judge David P. Bowles
Louisville

Michael A. Noftsger
Somerset

Dr. Don I. Tharpe
Nicholasville

Alternates

R. Michael Sullivan
Owensboro

Judge Glenn Acree
Lexington

Judge Mitch Perry
Louisville

Judge Karen A. Thomas
Newport

Staff Members

Ms. Jimmy Shaffer
Executive Secretary

J. Rachel Noyes
Executive Assistant

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