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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Bremer Ehrler, a former Kentucky secretary of state who also held the top three offices in Jefferson County government, died just after midnight Sunday. He was 98.
Ehrler's government career began with the U.S. Postal Service in 1936. He was presumed to be retired when he accepted an appointment as Jefferson County sheriff in May 1993, replacing Jim Greene, who pleaded guilty to federal tax charges and resigned.
Ehrler became Jefferson County judge-executive when he was appointed by then-Gov. Martha Layne Collins in 1985 after Mitch McConnell was elected to the U.S. Senate.
Before that, Ehrler was elected county clerk three times, serving from 1973 to 1984.
Owen Funeral Home manager Kenny Hardin said Monday that funeral arrangements were pending.