MADISON — Boone County Emergency Management Agency 911 Director Greg Lay was honored by Delegate Rodney Miller at the Boone County Commission’s regular session on Oct. 1 with a Legislative Citation for his service to Boone County during his career as a county employee. 

The document stated in part, “Greg Lay dedicated his life and career to the protection of life and property of public through service to the area and citizens by providing fire, emergency and public safety services beginning in 1973 at the age of 15.”

Lay’s replacement will be Assistant Director Michael Mayhorn.

At the time of his retirement, Lay earned an annual salary of $50,600. Commissioners voted unanimously to promote Mayhorn at the salary that Lay retired at.

“In the 10 years that I’ve been in here, you’ve been a valuable resource to me,” said Commission President Eddie Hendricks.

“It has been a privilege to work with you. I appreciate everything you’ve done, and I want you to know that.”

Mayhorn’s promotion was effective immediately. He spoke about the new opportunity.

“For the 11 years that I have been employed at the Boone County Emergency Management Agency, I have been rewarded with many opportunities,” he said.

“Starting as a part-time dispatcher to being appointed to Director today, indeed shows that hard work and dedication do pay off in time. During that time, I have served in various roles and have genuinely enjoyed every challenge of each. I hope that this latest challenge is equally enjoyable and rewarding.”

Mayhorn spoke about Lay’s work and the groundwork he put forth before retirement.

“After listening to the long list of accomplishments read by Delegate Miller,” he said.

“It was truly humbling to be recommended and appointed as his replacement. I thank Greg for his mentorship and guidance to bring me to where I am today. I also thank the commissioners for their trust in me to continue the legacy that Greg and his predecessors have left for me to build on for the future protection of our county and citizens.”

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at or 304-207-2401.