Judge-Executive Darrell Link’s Legacy: $2.2 Million Surplus in Grant County

When former Judge-Executive Darrell Link left office in Grant County in 2014, he not only left behind a balanced budget with a $2.2 million surplus, he left behind a legacy of good government, transparency and accomplishments.  Infrastructure,  county services, public protection and financial management were among the areas he brought significant improvements to during his tenure.

As the result of Judge Link’s leadership, all infrastructures in Grant County were rebuilt without tax increases and waterlines were built throughout the entire county. Judge Link rebuilt the animal shelter in Grant County and it is now a model for the other counties to emulate.

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Key Accomplishments

  • $175 million in new housing and commercial development
  • Implemented centralized emergency 911 Service
  • Increased Recreation Budget 1000%
  • County park improvements and ballfields
  • Constructed 120 miles of county water lines for every homeowner
  • Health insurance for all county employees
  • New park at Helton Heights
  • New animal shelter
  • Created and funded job-creating industrial authority
  • New and replaced sewer lines
  • Wireless Internet for Grant County
  • Old library restoration and built new library
  • Road and highway improvements
  • $14.3  million judicial building construction
  • $10 million Williamstown viaduct bridge
  • $2.2  million Eagle Tunnel Bridge
  • Merged Sheriff’s Dept. with city police to better fight war on drugs
  • Improved county’s Standard & Poor’s bond rating to AA+
  • Paid off Health Department debt
  • Secured national military cemetery

As Judge-Executive, Darrell Link lowered tax rate every year

Statement on the Grant County Detention Center


“The jailer is responsible for the operation and budget of the jail and is not subordinate to the Judge-Executive or the Fiscal Court (KRS 441.105)(2). The Fiscal Court did, however request that the Department of Justice investigate the jail in 2003 and the DOJ is still involved today. In 2014, before I left office, the county hired an auditor in ensure a transparent, honest transition from the old jailer to the new jailer and provide accountability. Candidate and ultimately Judge-Executive Wood was invited to attend all of the meetings with the auditor in 2014.

“After leaving office, the trouble at the jail escalated with the jailer and the judge-executive suing each other. The Fiscal Court attempted to close the jail and the state removed state prisoners costing the county taxpayers thousands of dollars, and demonstrating that the jailer is an elected official, not subordinate to the judge-executive.

“The story doesn’t end there; in 2016 a grand jury was convened to investigate the problems at the jail and issued a report with recommendations. I served on that grand jury.”

Darrell Link