JULIAN M. CARROLL Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
JULIAN MORTON CARROLL became Kentucky's 58th governor on December 28, 1974, succeeding Wendell H. Ford, who was elected to the U. S. Senate. Carroll then won a full four-year term in the 1975 general election.
Born in McCrackcn County in 1931, he attended Paducah Junior College after graduating from Heath High School. He was graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1954 and received his law degree from UK in 1956. Before becoming governor, Carroll served three years as lieutenant governor and ten years as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives.
He is currently chairman of the National Governors' Association, the first Kentucky Governor to hold that post. He is an active member of the Optimist Club and a former Jaycee. He attained the highest office in Kentucky for laymen of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1966-77 when he was named moderator of the Kentucky Synod.
The Governor and his wife, Charlann, have four children.
JAMES G. AMATO
Mayor Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
JAMES G. AMATO took office as mayor on January 2, 1978. In doing so, he became the second mayor of the consolidated city and county governments.
A native of Lexington, Amato has been a practicing attorney since 1964. He is a member of the Fayette County Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, and the Kentucky Law Enforcement. He formerly held positions as Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Director of Citizens for Judicial Improvement, Inc., Municipal Court Judge and City Prosecutor.
As chief executive of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, the mayor is authorized to supervise, administer and control all departments of government.
The mayor is elected on a non-partisan ballot every four years. He is assisted principally by the Chief Administrative Officer and commissioners of the six departments.