It has been well documented for decades that Southeastern Kentucky may be the most politically corrupt region in Kentucky and probably this part of the United States. Over the years our trash is being noticed and many of those corrupt politicians are going to jail. I know I have probably missed a few people, if so, let me know via a comment. I know a few regional elected officials were convicted in the BOPTROT investigation as well. Remember: these people were indicted and or convicted in the last 25 years, If I listed our indicted elected officials for the past 100 years I would "never" stop writing!
Thanks to the people who left some great comments we have more to add to th LIST. Keep them coming.
- Longtime Manchester Mayor Daugh K. White was sentenced to 84 months in prison for accepting political kickbacks and extortion.
- Manchester City Manager Kennon White pleaded guilty to accepting political kickbacks, extortion and mail fraud.
- Manchester assistant police chief Todd Roberts pleaded guilty to similar charges as Daugh White
- Manchester City Councilman Vernon Hacker and 911 Director Vernon Hacker also plead guilty to similar charges as White.
- Clay County Clerk Jennings White plead guilty to his involvement in a major drug ring
- County election commissioner Kenneth Day plead guilty to his involvement in a major drug ring
- Charles "Dobber" Weaver Manchester fire chief plead guilty to depriving the voters the right to have their vote counted.
- Clay County Magistrate Fred Clinton Johnson plead guilty to good old vote buying
- Tammy Brewer, assistant to the Knott County Judge Executive was indicted in 2007 for perjury in an investigation by a Federal Grand Jury.
- Former Knott County Judge Executive Donnie Newsome was sent to prison for conspiring to buy votes.
- Knott County Judge Executive Randy Thompson was indicted for misappropriating funds in his 2006 election.
- Deputy Judge Executive John Mac Combs was indicted on the same charges as Thompson
- Deputy Judge Executive Phillip Champion was indicted on the same charges as Thompson
- County Road Worker Ronnie Adams was also charged in the same case
- Former U.S. Congressman Carl "Chris" Perkins who plead guilty to FEC violations in 1994, he served the 7th Congressional district.
- Current Pineville Mayor Bobby Madon was convicted of theft of city funds in 1987 while serving as mayor, he was pardoned by Governor Wallace Wilkerson.
- Former School Board Superintendent Grace Ann Tolliver was charged with theft and forgery in 1992.
- Former School Board member Gary Henson was charged with theft and forgery in 1992
- Former Evarts City Chief of Police James Cooper is currently on trail for drug dealing
- Former School Board Chairman Benny Dale Coleman was indicted in 1993 for profiting from the school board
- Former Sheriff Paul Browning Jr was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in the early 1980s. He was murdered while running for Sheriff in 2002.
- Harlan County School Board member Mathias Williams Jr was indicted on Child Pornography charges in 2001. Williams was one of the 3 elected officials former Sheriff Paul Browning Jr wanted dead in the early 1980s.
- Former Flood Plains Administrator John Christian was indicted for smuggling marijuana.
- Former Councilman Joel Forester was also indicted and sent to prison for smuggling marijuana
- Former County Clerk Larry Lee was sent to prison for theft of $122,000 in the late 1990s
- Former County Judge Executive Raymond Smith plead guilty to mail fraud earlier this year. While Smith was Judge Executive he setup county bids for his family owned business. He is also a class A jerk.
- Former State Rep. and State Treasurer and Secretary of State Francis Jones Mills was indicted for violating states ethics laws, she was find $11,000.
- Current County Democratic Party Chair and Former Judge-Executive Don I. Bingham pleaded guilty on a felony charge of tampering with multiple absentee ballots.
- Former acting Secretary of Transportation Bill Nighbert was indicted for violating the states whistle blower laws and seeking revenge against a public employee.
- Jailer Jerry F. Taylor was indicted in 2005 for using his office for profit and forgery.
- County Judge Executive Hobert Meade plead guilty to extortion in 1997 and was sentenced to 2 years in Federal Prison.
- Circuit Judge Larry D. Collins was indicted for accepting bribes in 1993
- Former Fleming Neon Mayor James H. Seals was indicted for providing false information to FEMA
- Former Fleming Neon Police Chief Danny Neil Yonts helped robbed a bank in 1999 and was sentenced to 5 years in Federal prison.
- Commonwealth's Attorney James Wiley Craft plead guilty to subornation of perjury.
- Perry County school Superintendent Kenneth Colwell was indicted on 13 counts of theft by deception and jury tampering in 1983.
- Judge-Executive Sherman Neace plead guilty to felony mail fraud and was sent to Federal prison.
- William R. Strong of Hazard was indicted under operation BOPTROT
- Long time Magistrate Kenneth Roberts was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for using the county credit card to pay for personal expenses. His conviction was overturned.
- Floyd County Clerk Thomas Lafferty Jr was charged with theft
- Deputy Judge-Executive Thomas Lafferty Sr was also charged in the same theft scheme
- Floyd County Magistrate Ed Caudill was charged with theft
- Leslie County Sheriff Ford Bowling was indicted for misappropriating taxes in the mid 1990s.
- Judge Executive Allen Muncy was convicted in a scheme to buy absentee ballots in the early 1980's, the conviction was overturned in 1988.
- Current Leslie County Democratic Chairman Edmund Collett was also convicted in the same scheme, the conviction was overturned in 1988.
- Johnny Ray Turner plead guilty to misdemeanor vote buying.
- Landon Sexton from Pine Knot was convicted under operation BOPTROT
- Judge James Henry Noble was convicted of obstruction of justice and spent 10 months in prison. He served Breathitt, Wolfe and Powell counties.
Kentucky Democratic Party
- Harlan County native and former Chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party Jerry Johnson was convicted of felony cocaine possession in 1982.
Distant uncle, Former Kentucky Secretary Of State and United States Congressman Caleb Powers (R) was sent to prison for his alleged role in the murder of Kentucky Gov. William Goebel in 1900 but was pardoned in 1908. He has the honor to have been the only U.S. Congressman to have served on death row.