Knight, who was defeated in his bid to earn the Democrat nomination in the May Primary, was appointed to the position by Gov. Steve Beshear when former Magistrate Doug Taylor resigned in May 2009.
“It was rewarding, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to have the governor appoint you,” Knight said. “I had a blast. I wish I could have done it
Knight said he is currently living and working in Bowling Green, which makes him ineligible to continue to serve as Trigg’s District 1 magistrate.
Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries said there is a chance Beshear will wait to appoint Knight’s replacement until after the November election and choose the winner – Mike Wright, who defeated Knight in the Primary, or Republican nominee Steve Darnall.
“I will let the governor’s office know that he has announced his intent to resign prior to the election and let them make a decision on what to do,” Humphries said. “The absence of a magistrate in that district does present somewhat of a challenge, but with of his recent absences, we’ve been able to handle questions and concerns of constituents in that district, and we’ll continue to do that.”
Knight said he hopes Beshear will, after the election, “go ahead and swear [the winner] in to fill out the remainder of my term, that way the Fiscal Court has a full membership.”
Knight mentioned last year’s election to abolish prohibition in Trigg County as a stressful but ultimately positive experience.
“We got a lot of good input on both sides, and we did the best we could do with what we had,” Knight said.
Humphries said he believes the timing of Knight’s resignation was designed to follow the grand opening of the new Trigg County Senior Citizens Center, adding that Knight performed his duties well.
“I appreciate him serving, and he did a good job for us,” Humphries said.