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After 35 years in county government, Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid has announced she will step aside and bid farewell to her “courthouse friends.”
Kincaid announced she will not seek re-election next year during a recent Owen County Fiscal Court meeting.
She hopes her early announcement will give any potential successor ample time to throw a hat in the ring.
“I just wanted to give everyone that would be interested in the job an early enough start to pursue the opportunity,” Kincaid said. “This job has given me so much joy and I’ve appreciated the opportunity more than I could ever say.”
Kincaid began her career in county government serving as secretary to then Owen County Sheriff Doug West in 1978.
After seven years in the sheriff’s office, Kincaid was offered a deputy clerk position at the Owen County Clerk’s Office under Owen County Clerk Eugene Young.
“I started at the clerk’s office in July of 1985,” Kincaid said. “I worked under two different clerks before I was elected -- (Young) and Mary Kay Duncan.”
Kincaid said over the years lots of changes have been made including the switch from handwritten documents to putting them on the computer.
“I’ll never forget the first fax we received,” Kincaid said. “We all stood around the fax machine and watched it come in -- everyone was amazed.”
Kincaid was elected as county clerk in the Nov. 2006 general election.
During her tenure as clerk, she has overseen 10 regular elections and one special election which she said have been the most stressful aspect of her clerk duties.
The thing Kincaid said she will miss most about her time in the clerk’s office is meeting newcomers.
“Anyone that comes to Owen County almost has to come to the clerk’s office for one reason or another,” Kincaid said. “I’ve loved meeting the people and talking to different ones.”
The job helped put Kincaid’s son through college and now she said she hopes her time will be more flexible.
“People asked me after the last election if I would run again,” Kincaid said. “I just had to wait and see. I’ve loved this job and I’ve met some of the greatest people, like Nina Cobb and Thelma Marston and June Pryor and (Duncan). I’ve had so many encouragers and friends – courthouse friends –who I’ve gotten to know and work with. Now I feel like it’s time to do something different.”
Kincaid recently received her real-estate license after attending night school in Louisville and said she plans to work for Dave Jones at Golden Triangle Realty as a real estate agent after she wraps up her term in Dec. 2014.
The first day to file for the 2014 primary election is Nov. 6. Along with county clerk, county judge-executive, sheriff, magistrates, mayor and city council will appear on next year’s ballots.