County Commissioners

Today, section 144 of the Kentucky constitution requires that each county have a fiscal court with either the county Judge Executive and three to eight justices of the peace, or the county Judge Executive and three county commissioners. The most important difference in the two types of fiscal courts is the manner of election of their members: Justices of the peace are elected in districts, but commissioners are elected by the county at large. McCracken County is one of 15 counties in the State of Kentucky to adopt the commissioner form.

All three commissioners are elected by the voters of the entire county at the regular election for county officials  The commissioners from each district run every 4 years.


First District Commissioner: Bill Bartleman

Commissioner Bill Barteman began his term as County Commissioner January 2015.  Mr. Bartleman is a retired political and investigative journalist for the Paducah Sun. He is the former Community Relations Director for Mid-Continent University.

Contact Information:

McCracken County Courthouse
300 S. 7th Street
Paducah, KY 42003-1700
Phone: (270) 444-4707
bbartleman@mccrackenky.com

Second District Commissioner: Jerry Beyer

Commissioner Jerry Beyer began his term as County Commissioner January 2007. Mr. Beyer is the former coroner of McCracken County.  He is a Master Coroner in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, certified by the Kentucky Department of Justice. He is a member of the Kentucky Coroners and Medical Examiners Mass Fatality Response Team. He is also Past President of the Kentucky Coroner’s Association.

Contact Information:

McCracken County Courthouse
300 S. 7th Street
Paducah, KY 42003-1700
Phone: (270) 444-4707
jbeyer@comcast.net

Third District Commissioner: Scott Wathen

Commissioner Scott Wathen began his term as County Commissioner January 2014.  Mr. Wathen is employed by Swift & Staley, Inc. as an Infrastructure Planner.  He formerly served as McCracken County Constable. He is a member of USW Steel Worker Local 550. He currently serves as the Fiscal Court’s representative on the Board of McCracken County E911.

Contact Information:

McCracken County Courthouse
300 S. 7th Street
Paducah, KY 42003-1700
Phone: (270) 444-4707
swathen@mccrackenky.com


Courthouse Hours

  • Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  • Sheriff’s Office: open until 5:30 p.m. on Monday
  • District Clerk: open until 5:30 p.m. on Monday
  • Circuit Clerk: open until 5:30 p.m. on Monday
  • County Clerk: open until 5:30 p.m. on Monday