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Longtime Boone Co. Judge-Executive Bruce Ferguson Dies

Longtime Boone County Judge-Executive Bruce Ferguson passed away over the weekend.

He was 86 years old. 

According to an announcement made by the City of Florence, Ferguson served as head of the county from 1963 until 1982 and again from 1986 to 1992. Ferguson was a 1947 graduate of Holmes High School in Covington where he was born. Covington Independent Public Schools inducted Ferguson into its Hall of Distinction in 2005, noting that the judge still owned the Model T Ford that he drove to school.

Ferguson went on to study at the University of Kentucky and graduated from Thomas More College.

During his time in office, Boone County began to grow rapidly and some of his landmark accomplishments, according to the Boone County Public Library, included the launch of Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED), creation of the county's first hospital, and the county water system.

In 1992, Ferguson accepted the position of commissioner of the Department of Local Governments which he held until 1996 when he returned to Boone County to serve on the Soil Conservation Board until 2001.

He and his wife, Elizabeth, had five children.

This story will be updated.

-Staff report

Photos via Kenton Co. Public Library

Slideshow Images & Captions: 
Bruce and Beth Ferguson in the 1980's