According to the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission's publication, Duties of Elected County Officials, (Informational Bulletin 114, Updated November 2017), the Constitution of Kentucky of 1850 was the first to mention the office of county court clerk, providing for a clerk’s election in each county for a term of 4 years (Art. VI, sec. 1). The current constitution requires the election of a county court clerk in each county for a term of 4 years (Ky. Const., sec. 99).
Before the institution of the unified state court system, the county court clerk served as the clerk of the juvenile, county, and quarterly courts. Since the time when the District Court replaced these courts, the clerk has no longer had judicial duties, and the name of the office has been abbreviated to county clerk to more accurately reflect the nature of the office.
The duties of the county clerk fall into the general categories of clerical duties of the fiscal court:
issuing and registering,
recording and keeping various legal records,
registering and purging voter rolls,
conducting election duties, and
conducting tax duties.
Jeff Hancock, photo from the Franklin County (KY) government website.
Franklin County Clerk
315 West Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40602