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.
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 represents and to make sound, well-researched, equitable decisions.
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 department, outside salesman, and safety supervisor before landing in my current role in 2015.
My children include a graduate of SCHS, a senior at Big Picture Learning Academy, and a 5th grader at Wright Elementary. I am a graduate of SCHS and a single parent. I grew up in Bagdad and I'm the son of Nancy Easley Barnett, the late Jim Barnett, and grandson of Nancy La Master and John V. Barnett.