Bob Leeper – Judge Executive

The County Judge Executive is an elected official in the US Commonwealth of Kentucky who is the head of the executive branch of the government in a county. The Judge Executive serves a four-year term and may be re-elected indefinitely. The Judge Executive is a voting member of the Fiscal Court enabling him/her to exercise a role in the legislative process.

This position was formerly referred to as the County Judge. County Judges presided over county court. A 1975 Judicial Amendment to Kentucky’s constitution reorganized the state’s judicial system and relieved the county judge of its judicial powers and responsibility. While no longer a judicial officer of the county, Section 124 states “nothing…shall be construed to limit the powers otherwise granted by this Constitution to the county judge as the chief executive, administrative and fiscal officer of the county.”  That same year the General Assembly enacted legislation that strengthened and clarified its administrative and executive powers. The title of the office was changed from County Judge to Judge Executive to reflect the altered nature and duties of the position.

Bob Leeper was sworn into office in January 2015. Prior to assuming the role of Judge Executive, he served as a member of the Kentucky State Senate, a position he held from January 1991 to January 2015. He also served as a Paducah City Commissioner from 1988 to 1990.  Judge Leeper is also a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic.

Contact Information:

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

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