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Gov. Bevin appoints new Shelby County judge-executive

Danny R. Ison of Simpsonville will take office on Jan. 1, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 23, 2016) – Danny R. Ison has been appointed as County judge-executive of Shelby County, effective Jan. 1, 2017, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today.

Ison, of Simpsonville, is a senior consultant with Kentucky public relations firm Guthrie/Mayes. He will replace outgoing Shelby County judge-executive Rob Rothenburger, who is resigning his post following election to the state House of Representatives (District 58).

Ison has served on the Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations team since 1998, and has been instrumental in major projects such as London-based Diageo PLC’s location of their $115 million Bulleit Distillery to Shelby County. Prior to his time with Guthrie/Mayes, he worked 28 years for Philip Morris USA — overseeing community relations for the company’s three manufacturing plants (in Louisville, Richmond, Va., and Cabarrus County N.C.).

He attended Bellarmine University and Virginia Commonwealth University and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, seeing combat in Vietnam.

Ison is a prominent civic leader who has served on numerous community organizations, including: Greater Louisville Inc. (board member), Simpsonville Volunteer Fire Department (board member), Agribusiness Industry Network (executive committee), Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District (vice chairman), Operation Brightside (chairman), and Kentucky Derby Festival (executive committee).