Home of 2,000 Happy People
and a Few Soreheads

This has been our famous town slogan for many years.

Don’t worry, our “Soreheads” are community-minded, progressive citizens endeavoring to promote civic pride.

They generate the enthusiasm needed to accomplish future goals for the betterment of our City, our County, and our Commonwealth.

Ohio County Public Library
Rough River
Ohio County Museum
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         Our city is nestled in the midst of the naturally beautiful Ohio County, KY. Here in Hartford we have something for everyone. Take in a movie at Cinema 33, learn about our historical roots at the Museum, watch a production by the Courthouse Players, or canoe down the river from one of our Rough River access points.     

      Our lovely downtown district boasts good food, shopping and even a full service Day Spa. Visit the County Library located in downtown Hartford to peruse the large selection of books, take a class, utilize the technology or attend one of their various children’s programs.

City Hall

116 East Washington Street

Hartford, KY 42347

Office: (270) 298-3612

Fax: (270) 298-3220

Email: clerk@hartfordky.org

Hours: Mon – Fri     8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hartford Police Department

114 East Washington Street

Hartford, KY 42347

Office: (270) 298-3379

Email:  police@hartfordky.org

Hours: 24 hours

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Fire Department

677 Clay Street

Hartford, KY 42347

Office: (270) 298-4663

Hours:  24 hours

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Water and Sewer

102 South Main Street

Hartford, KY 42347

Office: (270) 298-3101

Email:  water@hartfordky.org

Maintaining water lines and sewer for city residents.

Maintenance Department

673 Clay Street

Hartford, KY 42347

Office: (270) 298-7734

Weekly trash pickup, mowing and street and cemetery repairs.

Business Licensing and Tax

116 East Washington Street

Hartford, KY 42347

Office: (270) 298-3612

Fax: (270) 298-3220

Email: ota@hartfordky.org

Hours: Mon – Fri     8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Economic Development

116 East Washington Street

Hartford, KY 42347

Contact: City Hall

Office: 270-298-3612

Email:  mayor@hartfordky.org

Created to stimulate growth and economic expansion for the City of Hartford.

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Planning and Zoning

116 East Washington Street

Hartford, KY 42347

Contact: Nancy Crea

Office: (270) 256-5798

Email: administrator@oczoning.com

George Chinn, Mayor
David C. Coleman, City Council
Kenneth Desmond, City Council
Jerry Likens, City Council
Mary Belle Fisher, City Council
Tony Renfrow, City Council
Eric Smith, City Council
Tara N. Ward, City Attorney
Phone: (270) 298-7594

Email: tara@tnwardlaw.com


The community of Hartford was named for a deer crossing, or hart ford, on the Rough River. It was founded as part of a 4,000 acre grant by Virginia to Gabriel Madison. It was surveyed in 1782 and settled sometime before 1790. The fortified settlement known as Fort Hartford was subject to Indian attacks, but the community survived and once the threat of attack had passed, it became the seat of the newly created Ohio County, KY in 1798.

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Lisa Martin
City Clerk


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Sara Vender
Water Clerk


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Marissa Geary
Office Clerk


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Patti Beatty
Payroll and Occupation Tax Clerk


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City of Hartford, Kentucky  116 East Washington Street, Hartford, KY 42347 ∼ (270) 298-3612  clerk@hartfordky.org


© City of Hartford, Kentucky 2019