Local government.

Rockcastle County’s government was formed by an act of the state legislature, granting it the status of a local governing unit in 1810, and the newly formed county’s first court met in Mt. Vernon, which was founded in 1789. The first local governing body was headed by the clerk of the county and county squires. Today, the Rockcastle County Fiscal Court is comprised of six members:  the county judge-executive and five squires elected from individual magisterial districts. In addition to standard government operations, the fiscal court oversees all budgets of each of the county’s constitutional officers and is required to oversee all operations of the offices comprising the county government.

The Rockcastle County Fiscal Court holds a Regular Called meeting every month on the second Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the County Courthouse. All meetings are open to the public; however, 24 hours’ advance notice is required in order for any group or individual to be placed on the agenda. The court is required, however, to recognize any citizen or group of the Commonwealth who appears at the regular meeting and who wishes to bring any business before the governing body, and that person or group will be recognized and given time to make a presentation of any grievances, claims, or other business with the County.

In addition to the twelve regular meetings, the fiscal court generally holds as many as 18 special meetings in the course of a year, and each of these meetings is open to the public, and news media are required to receive 24 hours’ notice of such meetings and receive a copy of the special agenda. Only business listed on the agenda may be discussed and acted upon by the court at a special meeting.

Rockcastle County Fiscal Court

County Judge-Executive: Howell Holbrook, Jr.

District 1 Magistrate: Shannon Bishop
District 2 Magistrate: William Denny
District 3 Magistrate: Doug Prewitt
District 4 Magistrate: Shane Thacker
District 5 Magistrate: Michael P. McGuire

Rockcastle County Fiscal Court Office
P. O. Box 755
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456
E-mail the Judge Executive
E-mail the Fiscal Court

Rockcastle County Treasurer

County Treasurer: Joseph Clontz
75 Main Street
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456
E-Mail the County Treasurer

Rockcastle Circuit Court Clerk

Circuit Court Clerk: Eliza York

205 E. Main St., Room 102
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456
E-Mail the Circuit Court Clerk

Docket and Office Information

Docket & Office Information link: http://courts.ky.gov

Rockcastle County Clerk

County Clerk: Danetta Ford Allen
205 E. Main St., Box 6
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456

Note: All official records of the County Government are filed in the Office of the County Clerk.
All inquiries regarding civil and criminal court proceedings should be directed to the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk.
All inquiries regarding the county government should be directed to the Office of the County Judge-Executive.

Rockcastle County Sheriff

Rockcastle County Sheriff: Shannon Franklin
205 E. Main St., Box 2
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456
E-Mail the Sheriff

Rockcastle County Detention Center

Jailer: Nathan Carter
205 E. Main St., Box 12
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456
E-Mail the Jailer

Rockcastle County Attorney

County Attorney: Jeremy Rowe
P. O. Box 1250
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456
E-Mail the County Attorney

Rockcastle County Property Valuation Administration

Property Valuation Administrator: Janet Vaughn
P. O. Box 977
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456

Rockcastle County Coroner

Rockcastle County Coroner:  Marvin E. Owens
365 W Main St. Mt Vernon, KY 40456
(606) 758-9600

District Court Judges

District Court Judge: Hon. Katie Wood

District Court Judge: Hon. Scott Lawless

Circuit Court Judges

Circuit Judge: Hon. Jeffery Burdette
Circuit Judge: Hon. David Tapp
Circuit Judge (Family Court): Hon. Marcus Vanover
Circuit Judge (Family Court): Hon. Jane Venters

Rockcastle County Constables

District One: Steve Griffin
District Two: Albert Carpenter
District Three: Kevin Begley
District Four: Donnie Cope
District Five: Jordan Bales 

Rockcastle County Occupational Tax Office

Fiscal Court Clerk: Patricia Martin
Phone (606)256-8374
Fax (606)256-8104
Occupational Tax Documents

Rockcastle County 911 and Addressing

Call 911 for Emergencies
Addressing:  606-256-2121
P. O. Box 700
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456
Email: rock911@windstream.net

Rockcastle County Road Department

For more information, call 606-256-2956
You can also call the County Judge Executive’s Office at 606-256-2856
2528 S. Wilderness Rd.
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456

State Highway Garage

For more information, call 606-256-2116

Rockcastle County Solid Waste Office

Solid Waste Coordinator: James Renner
205 E. Main St., # 14
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456
Email: rockcastlewaste@yahoo.com
Please call for information on local recycling opportunities.

Rockcastle Emergency Management Agency / CSEPP

David Colson / Andrew Pensol
P. O. Box 755
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456
Email: holbrookhh@windstream.net

Rockcastle County Health Department

P. O. Box 840
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456

Rockcastle County Dog Warden

Dog Warden: Richard Gibbs
P. O. Box 755
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456

Rockcastle County Animal Shelter

224 Deep Hollow Rd.
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456

Trash, Sanitation, and Landfill Services

Bee Garbage
P. O. Box 899
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456

I & M Garbage
P. O. Box 1071
London, KY 40743

Perkins Sanitation
P. O. Box 728
Berea, KY 40403

Rhodus Garbage
5018 Cartersville Rd.
Berea, KY 40403


Bee Garbage:   606-256-2334
Rhodus Garbage:   859-925-2801
Waste Management:   606-864-7996


Bee Garbage:   606-256-2334


Laurel Ridge Landfill:   606-864-7996
Tri-K Landfill:   606-365-7806

Recycling Services

ASPI: 50 Lair Street (rechargeable batteries). 606-256-0077
Bee Garbage: US 25 South (cardboard). 606-256-2334
Cook Brothers/Rockcastle Auto Parts: S. HWY 25 (rechargeable batteries). 606-256-2298
Napa/ Radio Shack: Main Street (rechargeable batteries). 606-256-2147
County Garage: 2528 S. Wilderness Rd. (newspapers, junk mail, #1 plastics, #2 plastics, magazines,
catalogs, steel cans, aluminum cans, rechargeable batteries, used motor oil, office paper). 606-256-2956
White Star Auto Parts: S. HWY 25 South (rechargeable batteries). 606-453-4251