Famed Kentucky politician Bremer Ehrler dies


by C.J. Daniels and Joe Arnold


Posted on February 10, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 11 at 12:54 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – One of Louisville’s famed politicians who began shaping Kentucky towards the future has died.

Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon tells WHAS11 that former County Judge Executive Bremer Ehrler passed away Saturday night.

Ehrler’s historic career began in Louisville where he served as Postmaster. He was responsible for 1,300 post offices and a budget nearing $100 million.

Ehrler moved on to the position of Jefferson County Clerk where he initiated the first computerized vehicle registration system and the first electronic voting system in Kentucky.

After current Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell was appointed to the Senate in 1984, former Governor Martha Layne-Collins appointed Ehrler to serve as Jefferson County Judge Executive.

Ehrler’s other accomplishments included being named as secretary of state in 1987 and being appointed to finish an unexpired term as Jefferson County Sheriff in 1993.

Ehrler was active in his community and received various honors on his behalf. He has two streets, Bremer Way and Ehrler Drive and the Jeffersontown branch of the Jefferson County Clerks named in his honor.

Bill Ryan, the Jefferson County Democratic Party Chairman, had not heard of Ehrler's death, but offered a statement on the phone with me tonight:

"He should be remembered as a perfect public servant that even in his retirement years, went to work every day and did a hard day's work."

"And, he was a good Democrat," Ryan added.

Ryan was Ehrler's campaign manager when he first ran for county clerk after retiring from the postal service.