Bowling Green native appointed as commonwealth’s attorney

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Gov. Andy Beshear appointed Kori Beck Bumgarner Thursday to fill the vacancy for the 8th Judicial Circuit left by incoming circuit judge, Chris Cohron, according to a release.

She is set to take office Jan. 2.

“I am honored Gov. Beshear has appointed me to serve as the commonwealth’s attorney for Edmonson and Warren counties,” said Bumgarner. “I look forward to fulfilling the remainder of this term and seeking election for a full term in November 2023.”

Bumgarner is a native of Bowling Green and graduated from Bowling Green High School. She attended Western Kentucky University, where she graduated in 2008, summa cum laude.

After her time at WKU, she went on to gain education at Salmon P. Chase College of Law, focusing her studies on criminal litigation.

After law school, Bumgarner returned to Bowling Green and worked as staff attorney for circuit court judge John Grise and judge Steve Wilson.

Bumgarner has served as assistant commonwealth’s attorney since 2012, according to the release. Since then, she has prosecuted a wide range of felonies from homicide to rape, assault and robbery and has developed skills trying cases against child predators.

She has had 19 jury trials in her current position.

In October, she was promoted to first assistant commonwealth’s attorney, where she has taken on additional responsibilities of personnel management and community relations.

Bumgarner continues to reside in Bowling Green with her husband and two sons. She serves on the Family Enrichment Center’s Board of Directors and was recently inducted into WKU’s Sisterhood, an organization of women advancing university priorities through philanthropic engagement and a collective voice, according to the release.