Lewis County Judge Executive
Craig A. Stanfield
Lewis County Judge Executive
About me: Lived in Tollesboro, Lewis Co., KY since 1967, a 1983 graduate of Tollesboro High School where I earned 6 hour degree in Vocational Agriculturel (1983) and was the 1983 recipient Dekalb Award for Outstanding Senior Ag Student a recipient of the 1983 Kentucky Future Farmers of America State Farmer Degree.
Purchased the former Tollesboro High School in 2013 where I operate an auction center; my wife Beverly and I have continued to donate the use of the old school building to the Lend A Helping Hand Food Pantry since purchase.
Proud father and grandparent.
Member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church, Maysville, KY.
A blood donor (donated 7+ gallons of blood).
I have a huge collection of local memorabilia from the 5 county Buffalo Trace Area (Lewis, Mason, Fleming, Robertson and Bracken Counties) consisting of postcards, reference books and items, knives, straight razors, tools, watches, tokens, banknotes, signage, letters, envelopes, deeds, mortgages, artwork, and other collectibles.
Occupation and career highlights: A real estate broker and auctioneer since 1984, full time since 1986. Opened my own office in Tollesboro in 2000; maintain an office at the intersection of KY 10 and KY 57 in the heart of Tollesboro.
I have successfully listed and sold two tracts of land in excess of 1,000 acres in size; I have sold a property at auction for in excess of one million dollars; I have successfully listed and sold property to the Lewis County Fiscal Court and to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I have conducted real estate auctions for the City of Maysville and for the Mason County Fiscal Court, the City of Mount Olivet and the Robertson County Fiscal Court, as well as for the Plainview Baptist Church, Inc. I have sold real estate conventionally for the Cargill Corporation, the Kentucky United Methodist Conference, Glenmary Home Missions, and I have actually listed and sold an island (situated in Kinniconnick Creek in Lewis County, KY)! I have conducted real estate auctions on behalf of the Mason County Master Commissioner and the Fleming County Special Commissioner. I have conducted personal property auctions on behalf of the Greenup County Circuit Court, and have conducted several auctions selling confiscated weapons on behalf of the KY State Police, the proceeds of which are utilized for the purchase of bullet-proof vests.
Each year, I conduct a significant number of auctions to benefit charitable organizations, non-profits, and individuals in need, donating my time and talents to conduct these auctions without cost to the organization. Some of the organizations I have conducted auctions for (or for the benefit of) include: St. Jude’s Childrens Research Center; Shriner’s Hospitals; Lions Clubs (Tollesboro Lions Club and Orangeburg Lions Club); Red Cross (Maysville and Cincinnati chapters); Ducks Unlimited; National Wild Turkey Federation; Lewis County Friends of the NRA (National Rifle Assn.); Special Olympics; Fire Departments (Orangeburg VFD, Tollesboro VFD, Highland Heights VFD, Mt. Carmel VFD); schools and school organizations (Tollesboro Elementary School PTO, Lewis County Girls Basketball team, Mason County JROTC, Mason County Middle School, Straub Elementary School, Tollesboro Christian School); the Kentucky Gateway Museum; the Mason County Younger Womens Club; the Maysville Women’s Crisis Center; numerous churches and religious organizations (Tollesboro Christian Church “Hunt for the Gospel”, Ruggles Methodist Campground, New Beginnings Church, Vanceburg Church of God, etc.); and individuals as organized by hosting organizations (Mason Co. VFW, Eagles Lodge, Tollesboro Lions Club, etc.) and youth organizations (Mason County Livestock Improvement Association/Germantown Fair livestock auction).
Presented with the 2015 “REGIONALISM AWARD” for “Outstanding Contribution And Dedication to the Buffalo Trace Region”, Sept., 2015 by the Buffalo Trace Area Development District (BTADD).
Presented with the 2014 “COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD” by Woodmen of the World Lewis County Kentucky Chapter 890.
Won the title “Kentucky State Champion Auctioneer” in 2003 from the Kentucky Auctioneers Association.
Local Board Involvement
Tollesboro Lions Club: I have been a member of the Tollesboro Lions Club for 31 years, the current President (my 7th term). Created, sponsor, and maintain the Tollesboro Lions Club website (www.tollesborolions.com). I also write press releases for submission to local papers on behalf of the Tollesboro Lions Club. Organized and a co-sponsor (as well as an interviewee) of a just completed documentary video project of local historic sites (“The Cabin Creek Covered Bridge”, “Tollesboro and It’s Connection to Horse-Racing Royalty”, and “The Goddard Covered Bridge”) which will available to view on YouTube soon
Buffalo Trace Area Development District: Served as a citizen member of the Buffalo Trace Area Development District (BTADD) since 1998, and served as the 2014-2016 Chair of the Board of
Directors and Executive Committee, long-time member of the BTADD Revolving Loan Fund and serve as Chair since 2012.
Kentucky Council Area Development Districts (KCADD): Served as member of the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts (KCADD) from 2014 through 2021, served as the 2019 Chairman, and was twice involved as part of the committee to hire the KCADD Executive Director.
Member (since 2007) of the Lewis County Planning Commission.
Member (since 2014) of the Lewis County Industrial Development Authority.
Member (2016-2019, 2021-current) and chairman of the Lewis County Property Valuation Administration Appeals Board.
Served as member and chairman of the Tollesboro Industrial Park Site Advisory Committee.
Served two successive terms (2013, 2014) as President of the Pioneer Trace Board of Realtors and was responsible for the creation of their website (now defunct).
Member/Current Noble Grand (my third term) of the Ringgold Lodge Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Maysville, KY (currently serving third term as chair).
Member of the Dekalb Lodge Independent Order of Odd Fellows Maysville, KY.
Member and current Senior Warden Pisgah Encampment # 9, Independent Order Of Odd Fellows, Maysville, KY
Charter Member and current Chief Patriarch/Captain of the James J. Welch Canton # 26, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Maysville, KY
Elected Oct., 2021 to serve as the President/Commander/Lt. Colonel of the Kentucky Grand Canton Patriarchs Militant, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Elected Oct., 2021 to serve as the Senior Warden Kentucky Grand Encampment, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Member Trinity (KY) Fish and Game Club, League of Kentucky Sportsmen, and National Fish & Wildlife Association
Member/Vice President Mason County Men’s Club. I write press releases for the Mason County Men’s Club to submit to the local paper.
Judge Ruckel serves on a variety of Boards including:
- Chief Local Elected Official, Tenco Workforce Development
- Vice President, Licking Valley Cap
- Secretery, Kentucky County Judge Executive Association
- Legislative Committee,Kentucky County Judge Executive Association
- Transportation Steering Committee, National Association of County’s
- Insurance Agency, Kentucky Association of County’s
- Executive Committee, Buffalo Trace Area Development District
- Lewis County Health Department
- Buffalo Trace-Ky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy
- Lewis County Extension District