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Former Judge/Executive files $17K+ lien against taxpayers of Barren County

By Allyson Dix
Jobe Publishing Reporter

Former Judge/Executive Micheal Hale has filed a lien against the County of Barren for over $17K merely three days after his official capacity as judge ended.

According to the filing documents, Hale and his wife, Shani, are claiming they are owed $17,168.10 from the county for caring for one of the state park horses that were seized years ago.

This comes on the heels of Hale’s outgoing statements in his last fiscal court meeting where he said he had saved the county between $7,000 and $8,000 since he took the quarter horse onto his property. He additionally said in the December 20th meeting with regard to the incurred personal costs to care for the horse plus medical bills, “We haven’t asked for a dime of that back.”

But now they are.

Shani and Micheal Hale both signed the filing for the lien and are asking for reimbursement for the money from the taxpayers of Barren County, which along with this lien filing will cost the county additional legal fees.

The lien was filed in the Barren County Clerk’s Office on January 3. Look for more details in next week’s publication.

Former Judge/Executive Micheal Hale discusses the horse he has housed on his property for 18 months in the December 20, 2022 meeting. He now claims Barren County owes him for the costs associated with taking care of the mare after filing a lien for payment against the county.


  1. Connie steele on January 4, 2023 at 5:29 pm

    No o e gave him permission to steal that horse, he should have never been involved, until he had warrant to take the horses, if they had been in the shape, of not being fed, and were in poor health, he should have got a warrant to seize them, keep them until the correct time had passed and put them up for sale, he should have notified the owners first, he and his wife did all this without anyone’s knowledge, until he ask fiscal court to buy a horse trailer. What a joke he is!!

    • Russ fisher on January 5, 2023 at 4:45 pm

      County should confiscate the horse immediately from him and put up for auction, he has been using the horse for his personal use. Should be charged a fee for renting the horse for each day in his possession, I would expect a net 0 expense from the county. Sounds like it was a good thing he lost the election in the interest of Barren County.

    • Barry on January 9, 2023 at 12:20 am

      That just goes to show you how our government is operating. They thank that we the taxpayers owe them. They steal and lie so much they can’t keep up with it and finally tell on there self. We The People Of The United States Of America has got to put a stop to all this nonsense. They have medicine’s that fixs alot of things. BUT YOU JUST CAN’T FIX STUPID!!!!!!!

  2. Luther on January 6, 2023 at 11:56 am

    I don’t get the part of him signing this 4 days after he was voted out , or left office. #overstepping. #timeisup #Isthislegal #bs
    Before I would comment more I would need the full story , where can it be found ?

  3. Ronnie hawks on January 20, 2023 at 6:35 pm

    Not sure how many articles people have read about this subject but if you read the article where the owners picture is located it says the state has a contract with Mr. Turner to furnish horses at different state parks in Kentucky. With that said I feel the state government should had been the first step to get the ball rolling if abuse was detected not just take it upon yourself to obtain horses you don’t own. I feel that barren county elected officials have better things to be doing like maintaining our county roads straighten the jail out etc.

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