City officials announced over the weekend that they have hired a city clerk, a position that has been without a permanent appointment since July when former City Clerk Kathryn Young retired.

Sarah Johnson was chosen after a two-month recruitment period in which more than 97 people applied, officials said.


Johnson has 18 years of elections experience and most recently served seven years as executive director of the Kentucky State Board of Elections.

City clerks are responsible for organizing election, and interpreting and implementing federal, state and local laws, as well as oversee city record-keeping efforts.

Johnson will start the job Monday, June 4, following Council confirmation May 22.

Young became city clerk in 1994 and announced her retirement shortly after she came under fire for misinterpreting state campaign finance laws and allowing candidates to accept donations from corporations. She also stopped counting ballots during the first mayoral election, claiming that her workers were too tired to continue.

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Deputy City Clerk Cindy Conway filled in during the interim.

City officials said Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s of public administration from the University of Kentucky, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. She has served as secretary, treasurer and vice president for the National Association of State Election Directors.

She will be paid $115,000 a year.