Former Christian County Attorney Michael Foster has been appointed by Gov. Andy Beshear to serve as a special justice with the Supreme Court of Kentucky.
According to his acceptance letter Jan. 13, Foster’s appointment came as a request from the governor to appoint two special justices pursuant Kentucky Constitution Section 3.
Foster, 73, said in a phone interview Friday he was surprised when he got the call from the governor.
“I didn’t ask for it or seek it, but I’ve worked very close with Andy Beshear when he was attorney general and with his father when he was governor,” Foster said. “I consider it an honor because, in terms of the legal profession, that’s the highest office you can obtain.
“I appreciate the governor thought enough of me to ask me to serve,” he continued. “I’ve argued cases in front of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, but it will be sort of interesting being on the other side.”
According to New Era archives, Foster served as county attorney for 43 years and is a lifelong resident of Christian County.
He has been a leader in many organizations, including Kentucky Association of Counties, the local Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way and Hopkinsville Community College Foundation.
Foster graduated from the University of Kentucky’s law school in 1972 and entered the Kentucky Bar Association the following year. He previously served on the board of directors of the county attorneys association and the Kentucky Prosecutors Advisory Council, according to New Era archives.