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Baird appointed Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fayette County

From the Governor's Office
Baird's appointment is effective Oct. 1, 2022.

Gov. Andy Beshear has appointed Kimberly Baird as Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Kentucky.

Baird replaces Commonwealth’s Attorney and former KACo Board Member, Lou Anna Red Corn, who retired.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, Baird is uniquely qualified for the appointment, having served as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney to Ray Larson beginning in 1996 and as Red Corn’s first assistant since 2016. Her familiarity with the office, its operations and staff is expected to result in a smooth transition with minimal disruption to services or ongoing cases.

“I am deeply grateful and truly honored that Gov. Beshear has appointed me to serve as the next Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney,” Baird said. “For 26 years, I have taken my role as a prosecutor seriously, to fairly seek justice while protecting the rights of victims, defendants and the citizens of the commonwealth. I will continue to work to address the issues with violent crime, to partner with both those in the justice system and the community to reduce the number of young people coming into the criminal justice system, and to seek resources that they so desperately need.”

Baird will be the first Black woman to serve as a Commonwealth’s Attorney in Kentucky. She is a Lexington native and graduated from Lafayette High School and the University of Kentucky prior to attending law school.

“One of my tasks as governor is to make sure everyone in Kentucky is represented in positions of authority,” Beshear said. “It has been far too long in coming, but I am thrilled to appoint Kimberly Henderson Baird as the first Black woman to serve as a Commonwealth’s Attorney. She is the best, most qualified person for the job, and I can’t wait to see what she does in her tenure.”

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