David Nicholson learned the importance of community involvement from his late father, Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge S. Rush Nicholson.
In 1991, Nicholson joined the Metro Criminal Justice Commission and in 1998, became its executive director. During this time, the commission, which helps first responders, received millions in grants. This included a multi-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, which captured national headlines.
In 2006, and again in 2012, Nicholson was elected and re-elected Jefferson County circuit court clerk. He manages a staff of over 300 employees and operates from eight locations.
Nicholson’s community involvement within the Louisville area has a strong and lengthy history. He has served on the Board of Directors for Kosair Charities, the Kentucky Association of Counties, and the National Association of Counties.
Nicholson and his wife, Debra, have two children: one who is an attorney and the other a student at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.