About Will

I am a Shelby County native and life-long resident. I grew up on our family farm in Bagdad and currently reside in Osprey Cove. 



I'm a single dad who is fortunate to have a committed co-parenting  partner in my children's mother. Divorce has been an educational experience for me in that it changed the way I prioritize and it made real the struggles that single parents have in making ends meet and staying involved with their child's education. I feel that as a single parent I am more focused on what my children need and as they get older and more independent I have the chance to reach beyond their daily needs and make a difference for students and parents in our schools. 

My children include a graduate of SCHS, a senior at Big Picture Learning Academy, and a 5th grader at Wright Elementary.

I grew up in Bagdad and I'm the son of Nancy Easley Barnett, the late Jim Barnett, and grandson of the late Nancy La Master & John V. Barnett of Bagdad and Hilda & Caldwell Easley of Shelbyville. 

technical Educator

As a technical information & training manager for a mining and construction equipment distributor based in Louisville, I split my time between technical instruction, curriculum development, and apprentice program administration. Technicians enrolled in the apprentice program must complete  a mix 4000 hours of classroom and on the job training over two years in the areas of diesel engines and emissions, power train, electrical, advanced hydraulic systems, and machine automation. 

I have worked in the heavy equipment industry for 16 years since leaving the family farm in 2001. In that time I have filled several roles including field technician, service department foreman where I was responsible for 36 technicians spread over 4 departments, outside salesman, and safety supervisor before landing in my current role in 2015. 



Board Of education member

I was sworn into office on June 15th, 2017 after being appointed by Kentucky's Commissioner of Education, Stephen L. Pruitt. As an appointee, rather than an elected member, I feel a greater duty to stay connected to those I represent and to make sound, well-researched, equitable decisions.