Judge Jeff S. Taylor, of Owensboro, has been selected by his peers on the Court of Appeals to serve on the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission as its alternate member. Taylor is one of six judges chosen state wide to serve on the Commission along with two attorney representatives chosen by the Kentucky Bar Association and two citizen representatives selected by the Governor. Taylor will be an alternate member who will participate in all proceedings before the Commission and vote on matters where the Court of Appeals regular member is unable to serve or otherwise participate in proceedings.
Taylor is the immediate past Chief Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. He served in that position from July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2012. For the past four years, Taylor has served as a member of the Kentucky Judicial Ethics Committee.
Taylor was first elected as a court of Appeals Judge in November 2003 to represent the 2nd Appellate District, which is comprised of Barren, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Daviess, Grayson, Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Henderson, LaRue, Meade, Ohio, Union and Warren counties. He has been re-elected twice, in November 2006 and November 2014 to full eight-year terms.
Taylor previously practiced law in Owensboro for more than 20 years and was a sole practitioner from 1990 until his election to the Court of Appeals.
Taylor has a Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Memphis State University. He earned his law degree from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, graduating with honors in 1982. He is a 1971 graduate of Elizabethtown High School.
Taylor served on the Kentucky Bar Foundation Board of Directors for six years. He served on the Murray State University Board of Regents from September 2006 to September 2009. Taylor is also currently a member of the Judicial Branch Compensation Commission and the Judicial Workload Assessment Committee.
Taylor is a past president of the Kentucky chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is also past president of the Daviess County Bar Association, Daviess County Public Defender Corp. and the Daviess County Lawyer Referral Service. He is a member of the Kentucky and Daviess County Bar Associations. Taylor is a Life Fellow in the Kentucky Bar Foundation and a member of the Brandeis Honor Society at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.
Taylor is a member of the Owensboro-Daviess County Chamber of Commerce, is a past president of the Owensboro Kiwanis Club and serves on the Girls Inc. Advisory Board of Trustees. He served on the Board of Directors for the Daviess County Public Schools Foundation for ten years. He is a former board member of the Owensboro-Daviess County Committee on Aging. He has been a frequent United Way volunteer and has been a volunteer for the Salvation Army and Boy Scouts Law Explorers.
Taylor was born in Fort Knox, Hardin County and raised in Daviess County. He is married to the former Betty Keller, of Christian County. She has one son, and the couple has two grandchildren. They have been members of Lewis Lane Baptist Church in Owensboro for 31 years, where Taylor presently serves as Church Moderator.
The mission of the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission (JCC) is to protect the public, to encourage judges, commissioners and candidates for judicial office to maintain high standards of conduct, and to promote public confidence in the integrity, independence, competence, and impartiality of the judiciary.
The Kentucky JCC accomplishes this mission through its investigation of complaints of judicial misconduct, wrongdoing or disability. In cases where judges, commissioners and candidates for judicial office are found to have engaged in misconduct or to be incapacitated, the Kentucky Constitution authorizes the JCC to take appropriate disciplinary action, including issuing admonitions, reprimands, censures, suspension, or removal from office.
The JCC is the only entity authorized under the Kentucky Constitution to take disciplinary action against a sitting Kentucky judge. The JCC also has authority over trial commissioners, domestic relations commissioners, master commissioners and attorneys who are candidates for judicial office.
The JCC is composed of six voting members who serve four-year terms. The members include one representative and one alternate from District Court, Circuit Court, the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the Kentucky Bar Association and two citizen representatives appointed by the Governor who are neither judges nor attorneys.
For more information about the JCC, visit the Kentucky Court of Justice website at courts.ky.gov/.