Kenton County Pioneer Award

Nominations for the 2023 Pioneer Award Honorees can be made online. The nomination deadline is set for Friday, February 17.

Each year the Kenton County Pioneer Award recognizes four living residents of Kenton County who have a record of outstanding service to the community and exemplify the highest standards of personal integrity.  The Pioneer Award honors those who demonstrate servant leadership combined with awareness of the needs of our fellow residents.

A committee, composed of the members of the Kenton County Ethics Commission, reviews the nominations, identifies four deserving individuals, and forwards their names to the Kenton County Fiscal Court.

2022 Honorees

Steve HensleyTerry Foster Alecia Webb-EdgingtonLarry Maxey

Steve Hensley

Terry Foster

Alecia Webb-Edgington

Larry Maxey


2021 Honorees

Wilbert ZieglerRay HebertKen HarperMark Guilfoyle

Wilbert Ziegler

Ray Hebert

Ken Harper

Mark Guilfoyle


2020 Honorees

Bill GoetzBurr TravisWilliam FunkeGarren ColvinArnold Simpson

Bill Goetz

Burr Travis

William Funke

Garren Colvin

Arnold Simpson


2019 Honorees

Jim ClaypoolRick and Mary HulefeldJohn Salyers

Jim Claypool

Rick & Mary Hulefeld

John Salyers


2018 Honorees

Ralph DreesMe GraysonRobert Hoffer

Ralph Drees

Mer Grayson

Robert Hoffer

Kim Kitchen
Ed Schroeder
Parker Willman

Kim Kitchen

Ed Schroeder

Parker Willman