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Madison County District 1 Magistrate Larry Combs dies after serving for nearly 40 years

Posted at 1:00 PM, Dec 25, 2020

The Madison County Fiscal Court has announced the passing of District 1 Magistrate Larry Combs.

Elected in November 1981 and sworn into office on January 1, 1982, Magistrate Combs served the people of Madison County and District 1, which represents southern Madison County and the City of Berea.

At the time of passing, Combs was the longest actively serving magistrate in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
"It has been an honor to serve with Larry over the past six years. His wealth of knowledge, experience, and leadership has been a critical part of the direction of our County over the past 38 years. Magistrate Combs always ended his magistrate report at every fiscal court meeting with his iconic catchphrase, 'I'm just happy to be here, Judge.' I sure hope Larry knew how happy we all were to have him there," said Judge Taylor.

Combs was known for many things, including his love for his family and his dogs.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Larry Combs, who died this morning after serving Madison County as our magistrate for many years," the Madison County Democratic Party said in a statement. "Larry was an honest and honorable leader who always looked out for those he was elected to serve. A lifelong Democrat, Larry loved people, and he used his post to fight for them. Leaders like Larry are too few, and the loss of this one will be deeply felt by this community."

Under Kentucky Revised Statutes 63.190, in the event of a vacancy in the magistrate position, the appointment is made by the Governor. There is no deadline set in statute by when a decision must be made by Office of the Governor.