Clark County community mourns the loss of Judge/Executive Chris Pace

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Posted at 7:35 AM, Oct 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-15 18:31:23-04

WINCHESTER, Ky. (LEX 18) — Clark County Judge/Executive Chris Pace has died from COVID-19.

He died Thursday night at Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester.

Clark County Coroner Robert Gayheart also told LEX 18 that Pace did not have any pre-existing illnesses.

Pace was 44-years-old. He leaves behind his wife and three children.

He had served as Judge/Executive since 2019.

"I join all of Clark County in mourning the passing of Judge Executive Chris Pace," said Congressman Andy Barr in a statement. "Chris embodied what it meant to be a dedicated public servant and leader in our community. I was proud to call him a personal friend.


"Above all, Chris was a devoted husband and father to three young children. I am praying for Chris’s wife Shannon, his mother Betty, and his three children, Jack, Roman and Maria. Chris leaves an extraordinary legacy that his family, friends and neighbors should be forever proud of. May he rest in peace and may God Bless the great community he loved and was so committed to."

"I join the Clark County community in mourning the loss of Judge/Executive Chris Pace," said Sen. Mitch McConnell in a statement. "He did an incredible job advancing Clark County’s priorities and many counted on his diligent leadership. As a former county judge, I know just how important his work and passion was for advocating for families and workers throughout the region.

"Elaine and I send our sincere condolences to his wife, Shannon, their three children – Roman, Jack and Maria – as well as the many friends Chris cherished."