Welcome to the City of Owenton, Kentucky

About the City of Owenton

The City of Owenton, Kentucky is a small rural community located in the “Heart of the Golden Triangle” in Northern Kentucky on Highway 127. The city was incorporated in 1828 and currently serves as the County Seat of Owen County. The population according to the latest Census is 1682 residences. The city features many locally owned and operated businesses with a quaint small-town feel.

City Clerk Treasurer: Sherry Hamilton

Deputy City Clerk: Anita Sipple

City Attorney: Mitzy L. Ford is the City Attorney. Ms. Ford attends all council meetings, drafts the Ordinances, and advises the City on legal matters. Ms. Ford has been the City Attorney since 2012. She has been in practice in the City of Owenton since 2002.

Building Inspector:  Mr. Matt Dunaway is the Building Inspector for the City of Owenton.  Matt is a Certified Inspector for Residential and Commercial Building up to 200,000 square feet.  If you have a building project call City Hall at 502.484.2313 to schedule an inspection and obtain a Building Permit.

Mayor Adam Gaines

Welcome to the City of Owenton Web Page. My name is Adam Gaines. I was elected as Mayor of Owenton in 2018 and took office on January 1, 2019. It is truly a privilege and honor to serve the citizens of this City. While our city is not large in population, we have great pride in our city. My staff and I strive to be available to address every concern expressed to us. Our door at City Hall is always open.

Owenton City Council and Elected Officials

Monthly Council meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month at City Hall at 5:30pm.  All meetings are open to the public.

Jill Dunavent: Ms. Dunavent was first elected in 2018 to council and began serving in 2019. She is now serving her third term on council.

Joyce New: Ms. New was elected to council in 2020 and began serving in January 2021. She is currently serving her second term on council.

Jimmy Marston: Mr. Marston was elected to council in 2014 and began serving January 2015. He is currently serving his fifth term on council.

Patty Sue Miller: Ms. Miller was elected to council in the fall of 2022 and began serving in 2023. She is serving her first term on council.

Clark Roberts: Mr. Roberts was first elected to council in 2018 and began serving January 2019. He is currently serving his third term on council.

Larry Dale Perry: Mr. Perry is the longest serving member of council.  He was first elected in 1981 and has continuously served since January 1982.

Public Works

Timmy Dezarn joined the city in 2019 as a part-time employee in the maintenance department.


Chief of Police Clint Aldridge:  On January 1, 2023, Officer Clint Aldridge was sworn in as the new Chief of Police for the city of Owenton.  Chief Aldridge assumes the position upon the retirement of Chief Terry Gentry in December 2022.  Officer Aldridge began his career as an officer in neighboring Gallatin County in 2015.  Officer Aldridge joined the Owenton Police Department in 2018.   Officer Aldridge served in the Military for four years prior to becoming a police officer.

Officer Jimmy McIntosh:   Officer McIntosh joined the Owenton Police Department in 2021.  Officer McIntosh served in the Military for four years prior to joining the Police Department.


The City of Owenton’s Fire Department consists of 21 volunteer members. These individuals give many hours to the city and the county when called upon to ensure the safety and well-being of the residents. They do all the required trainings to keep the department working with the newest and latest codes.

Greg Estes was appointed City Fire Chief in 2021. Chief Estes joined the City Fire Department in 1986 as a Jr Fire Fighter. Chief Estes is also County Fire Chief and Search and Rescue Chief.


The City of Owenton’s Zoning Ordinances can be found below.

Zoning to Codification of Ordinances
City of Owenton, Kentucky Code of Ordinances

Open Records Requests

Rules governing inspection of the Public Records of the City of Owenton.

Owenton Open Records Policy

Forms and Applications

Business License Application
Business License with Alcohol Application
Building Permit
Laying Fowl Permit
Parade Permit Application
Sign Permit
Small Deck and Fence Building Permit

News and Events Around Owenton

Farmers Market is held at the Farm Bureau Parking Lot every Friday beginning the 1st Friday in May through the last Friday in October.


Notice of Bid Application
City Of Owenton

The City of Owenton will be accepting sealed bids for city trash pickup in the city limits for 2025 through July 31, 2024.  Interested companies must have the ability to accommodate businesses as well as private residents.

Sealed bids may be mailed to

City Hall
Attention City Clerk
220 South Main Street
Owenton, KY 40359

or brought to the office. The office is open Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm.  The bids will be opened and awarded at the August 8, 2024, Council Meeting.

Career Opportunities

None available at this time.

Contact Information

220 S. Main Street
Owenton, KY 40359