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McKay named Buffalo Trace District Health Department director

Victor McKay PictureVictor McKay (85, 88) has been named the director of the Buffalo Trace District Health Department. McKay currently serves as the health department’s chairman of the board and serves on the Maysville Board of Commissioners. He will begin his duties on Aug. 10, replacing his predecessor Allison Adams.  

“I have a lot to learn but I’m ready to hit the ground running,” McKay said. “Our area is blessed to have first-class operations in the communities we serve and the most qualified personnel providing those same services. I look forward to working with them and for the fine folks of Mason and Robertson counties.”  

McKay grew up in Maysville and is a two-time graduate of MSU, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in marketing in 1985 and later a Master of Arts in Communication in 1988. He came from a family as one of nine brothers who either attended or graduated from MSU.  

“I come from a large family where we learned early on to work hard and treat people the way you wanted to be treated. I chose MSU because two of my older brothers graduated from there,” he said. “I visited other colleges but MSU felt like home to me. And I was right.”  

In graduate school, he worked as a journalist for the Ledger Independent before being recruited to work for Maysville-Mason County Tourism Commission from 1990 to 1993. He went on to work with Kentucky Off Track Betting for four years and presided over the Maysville facility’s opening.   

He worked as a materials manager with the Green Tokai Company until 2009 before obtaining employment with the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training until 2017. He most recently served as a career counselor at the Kentucky Career Center in the Kenton Commonwealth Center, which has aided with applying for unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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