Neil Kerr —
My full name is Paul Neil Kerr II. I am named after my father, Dr. Paul N. Kerr, a dentist in Russellville, KY.
40, Stonewall Drive, Russellville
How long have you lived in the community?
Lifelong resident of Logan County. I spent time living in Nashville, TN for college and then Lexington, KY for law school. After school, I returned to Logan County to live, work, and raise my family. My dad was raised on a farm in Todd County by his parents, John and Oma Kerr.
What organizations are you involved with, including how long and roles?
I served in the Russellville Rotary Club and also served as a board member for the Logan County Chamber of Commerce. I volunteer as a basketball and soccer coach for the Logan Youth Soccer Association. I am member of the Chandler’s PTO, of which my wife, Emily, is the Vice President. My family and I attend Greenwood Park Church of Christ.
Tell us about your professional experience.
I worked as the Judicial Law Clerk for Logan/Todd Circuit Court Judge Tyler L. Gill. I also worked for attorneys Ken Dillingham and Jason Petrie (now State Representative for Logan/Todd), at their law firm in Elkton. Prior to opening my current office, I worked with attorneys Corey Morgan and Ken Williams (now District Court Judge for Logan/Todd), in Russellville. In 2010, I was appointed as the Russellville City Attorney and continue to serve in that role. I also serve as city attorney for Lewisburg and Adairville. In addition, I have a private practice in which I handle cases involving criminal law, family law, probate, and civil litigation. For nearly 12 years, I have been working as an attorney in Logan and Todd Counties, and during that time I have represented clients in 14 different counties in Kentucky.
Tell us about your education.
I graduated from Lipscomb University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. I graduated from the University of Kentucky, College of Law, in 2006 with a Juris Doctor.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishments?
Nothing in my career will ever approach my decision to become a Christian, and then later in life to marry my wife, Emily. Our seven-year-old son, Harrison, is the greatest accomplishment to come from our marriage. His very existence changes the way in which I view the world in nearly every aspect. Professionally speaking, some of the best parts of my career include being able to represent close friends in adoptions, as well as, being able to serve as city attorney for my hometown.
What are the two biggest problems facing the community/county?
It is not a recent revelation that drug problems exist in Logan and Todd Counties. Nonetheless, meth and opioid addiction continue to plague the homes and workplaces in our communities. Obviously long-term drug treatment will continue to be considered by courts when sentencing an individual accused of a non-violent crime stemming from drug addiction. However, the ongoing challenge for the next Commonwealth’s Attorney is going to be in identifying consequences that both require the treatment of the addiction and permit the individual to continue working and supporting their family. Of course, there are many cases when our homes and places of work are far better served when certain indivuals are sent to prison. Sound judgment must be exercised in distinguishing the two types of cases.
What are your biggest campaign issues/goals?
The justice system plays a vital role in the safety and prosperity of our communities. There is a ripple effect that comes from the justice system doing it’s job efficiently and effectively. As part of that system, law enforcement and prosecutors doing their collective part to address crime is not only good for the businesses, industries, and families already in the area, but also helps to encourage families and businesses to come to this area. As Commonwealth’s Attorney, this means supporting local law enforcement through open access to the prosecutor’s office, as well as, keeping the officers up to date on changes in the law. It also requires the wisdom to determine which individuals can continue to work and support their families while not posing a further danger to society, and which individuals must be removed from society and imprisoned.
Why should someone vote for you?
On November 6, 2018, Logan and Todd Counties will elect the next Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit. This individual will be tasked with prosecuting all felony charges in those two counties. It is imperative for the safety of our communities that we pick the right person for the job. I am that person. I am a fierce advocate for justice that has not and will not compromise when it comes to integrity and fairness. I am never intimated by the opposition and never back down from the challenges of a case, regardless of the complexity or difficulty. I will always be honest and straightforward, whether talking to the victim of a crime, local law enforcement, or a judge and jury. I am asking for your support and more importantly for you to VOTE KERR ON MAY 22.