WHITLEY CITY — As of presstime, nine candidates for constable submitted responses to The Record’s survey form. They include:
• J.R. Jones is a Republican candidate in District 1.
• Craig Wilson is a Democrat candidate in District 3.
• Kenny C. Kidd is a Republican candidate in District 3.
• Brad Waters is the Republican incumbent in District 2.
• Freddie Clark is a Republican candidate in District 2.
• Lewis L. Ball is a Democrat candidate in District 4.
• Steven Joe Cox is a Republican candidate in District 2.
• David Michael Kilby is the Republican incumbent in District 4.
• Donald Daugherty is the Republican incumbent in District 3.
JONES: I have lived in McCreary County all of my life. I am the son of Ronald Jones and the late Linda Sue Jones, and the grandson of the late Jim and Ruth Jones. I have been involved in public service most of my life. I served as a dispatcher under former Sheriff Swain. After that I became a volunteer firefighter. Over the years I responded to hundreds of wrecks, fires, and helped raise money for churches, needy families, and people who had just lost everything. I have hundreds of hours of life saving training that I could put to good use as your constable.
WILSON: I'm 45 years of age, married with children. Achievements — Not much, managed to live in the county which has a poor economy. I do own a junk store. Qualifications — Well I use to work for Blue Diamond Coal Co. as a security guard and with the Stearns Watch why my Dad first started it for six years.
KIDD: I am a 1998 graduate of McCreary Central. I am the son of Curtis Kidd Jr. and Mae Kidd. I am married to Jessica Roberts Kidd. We have three children and reside in Revelo. I have attained the rank of 4th degree black belt and I am the instructor at the Shaolin Kung-Fu School of Martial Arts in Whitley City. In 2008 I was inducted into the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame I am currently employed as a Deputy Jailer at McCreary County Detention Center.
WATERS served five years in the U.S. Army and is a retired truck driver. He has been involved with local law enforcement for many years with 400 hours (10 weeks) of police academy training.
CLARK: I am a lifelong resident of McCreary County, a county which I deeply love, and I am proud to live in. I live in District 2, the Smithtown area.
I have two children who have grown into young adults…I hope and wish them the best in their accomplishments and goals in life, that they would make good decisions in everyday living and to always strive toward a successful future.
I sincerely believe a person should treat other folks the way they would want to be treated in life. I believe I have worked in my community in law enforcement to help folks to be safe in their homes, in our schools system, to help our kids go to school to be safe and to be in a drug-free environment, safety on our highways, numerous arrests and convictions on drug dealers and users of drugs. I have referred folks arrested for drugs to seek counseling and to enroll in prevention programs to rid themselves away from drugs. I believe my reputation stands alone in McCreary County as an honest and dependable man that has worked in our county unaccountable days and hours. I have been active and participated on local and out of county boards pertaining to law enforcement to better help my community for a safe environment.
I am qualified to run for the position of constable, having worked under three different sheriff’s administrations. I have the experience and knowledge in law enforcement to perform the job. I have attended, graduated, and I am certified from the criminal justice training division in Richmond, 1999. From there on, I received various other forms of training associated to law enforcement. I believe training is an essential part of law enforcement. I believe any person seeking the position of constable or any position in law-enforcement, should be expected to attend training in criminal justice to better themselves in their position, to know the laws of our state, and to better perform in their position to serve our communities. But I believe the most essential part of our lives is to have commonsense in our decision making while serving the folks of our community.
BALL: I am the son of the late Charlie and Hazel Ball of 3C Road. I am the proud father of three children and seven grandchildren. I have prior experience working in Law Enforcement, Schools, and Church Ministries. I worked hard as a lineman for 30 years. I am able and willing to dedicate myself to protect and work with the citizens, businesses and schools in district 4.
COX: I am a Republican candidate for Constable in district two. I am the son of Darrel and the late Brenda Sue Ross Cox. I am a lifelong resident of the Smithtown Community. I have been employed as Courthouse Security with the Sheriff’s office since August 2004. I am qualified as Constable with certification as a FEMA Responder, experienced in courthouse security, certified in proper use of MACE, Taser gun, the appropriate use of force, a certified First Responder, and extensive training in handgun safety. As part of my job I have served as Bailiff with the courts and have assisted past and present deputies with arrests, serving warrants and summons to court. I have transported adult and juvenile prisoners to facilities throughout the state.
KILBY: My name is David Kilby and I am running for re-election as Constable in District 4. I am married to Bonnie Kilby and have three children, Brooke, Marvin and Tanner. I have lived in Pine Knot all my life. I am 45 years old and am an active member of the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God. I am currently a member of the Kentucky Constable Association (KCA) and have attended trainings offered through the KCA to improve my abilities and duties as constable. I receive current law enforcement communications through the KCA newsletter.
DAUGHERTY: I have been married to Peggy Bowling Daugherty for 29 years. We have one daughter, Nikki, and two grandchildren, Mason and Raegan. We attend South Pine Knot Church of God. I have worked at Armstrong Flooring for 24 years. I am a member of the Kentucky Constable Association, in which I have attended classes to better my law enforcement skills. Working with the Sheriff’s Department and the Kentucky State Police has been an asset to my law enforcement skills.
What is the state of law enforcement in you district? If you are elected, which duty/duties would you give highest priority?
JONES: I would say the state of law enforcement in our district is ok but it could be better. If elected, I will patrol more and be seen I would work with other law enforcement agencies in the county to try to put a stop to some of the stealing in District 1. The only promise I will make to the people is: If I am elected your next constable and you need anything anytime all you will have to do is call and I will do everything in my power to help.
WILSON: Not so good. I would start by slowing down the traffic. People think it's a race track by my house. With all the break-ins and stealing I would be out at all hours watching residences and businesses.
KIDD: In our county we have limited coverage due to the financial situation in our county. I have seen this first hand since becoming a Deputy Jailer. I thing the Sheriff's Department does very well with their limited resources and manpower. I feel with given the opportunity, I can be of assistance to other law enforcement agencies. I would be visible throughout District 3 in an effort to deter criminal activity. Theft and burglary are serious problems that I would focus my efforts in deterring. I would be available to serve the citizens of District 3 and assist other law enforcement agencies.
WATERS: I would rate the 2nd District a lot better than most. I will still answer my phone and go when called and treat everyone with a smile and respect.
CLARK: I believe law enforcement service has been lacking in this county and including District 2. I know if I am elected as constable I will be a great help to our district in many ways that our district has never had before. I will commit to the voters and citizens of our district. I will be a constable dedicated to enforcing all laws, as state guidelines allow. I will be a very visible and working constable. Enforcing the laws of our state equally is an important part of the duty of a constable the same as any other sworn officer. I will post my personal phone number to the public to allow direct communication to me. I will be a constable you can trust and be confident in knowing that whatever is told to me will be kept confidential unless specific permission is given to share information with other authorities.
BALL: Everyone knows that the crime rate continues to grow. However, we also know that it will take all of us working together to take the necessary steps to improve.
If elected, I plan to be visible. I believe criminals need to know that there is someone in our district that is helping to protect the property of citizens, businesses and schools. Every citizen and business in district 4 wants to know that someone is watching and is available to serve and protect. I plan to continue working with local businesses and schools and maintain a positive relationship with other law enforcement agencies in the county.
COX: I believe a change will still serve the needs of our district. And I would like the opportunity to do that. The most important thing to me, and most citizens, has always been that when we call, someone is there to answer and assist us. I can do that. I have done my best at all times to treat everyone with respect.
KILBY: The state of law enforcement in my district is a difficult question to answer. I have learned as constable that one can patrol the same areas all night long and as soon as you leave one area something will happen there. We live in a big district and no one person can be everywhere at the same time. I rely a lot on the good citizens in my district to be my eyes and ears and to call me when they see something that doesn’t appear right to them. They enable me to do my job more efficiently. With the continual support of my district’s citizens, we can make Pine Knot a safer, more desirable environment to live in.
The highest priority for me is meeting the needs of the people of my district and keeping them safe. For the past three years, I have responded to any and all calls that I have personally received from the citizens of the county, no matter given to the degree of the problem nor the time of day. I am a patient, calm and even-tempered person with good judgment when it comes to dealing with many different kinds of people. Those that I have encountered in my duties as a constable have been treated with dignity and respect that I feel everyone should be give.
Another priority would be to support the efforts of the McCreary County Sheriff’s Office and the State Police and make my services available to them upon request.
DAUGHERTY: As constable, I believe it has improved in the last few years. My highest priority would be to try to keep drug dealers out of my district. Drugs don’t only destroy families, but they are also related to people stealing, children going hungry and the elderly being abused. Patrolling churches, cemeteries, homes and businesses are also a high priority. Answering all calls, that I receive at home are also a high priority.
How do you propose to perform your duties with the limited resources available to constables?
JONES: I will use the money that I receive for that office to provide law enforcement to the people. There are criminal and civil papers that the constable can serve that generates revenue for their office to help them perform the duties and to buy gas or equipment.
WILSON: The best I can. I know it will be a lot of out of pocket but we need someone who will be there 24-7 not just on the weekends like we've got now. I will be there anytime for anybody. I ask the people to give me a chance to prove myself. They won't be disappointed.
KIDD: In McCreary County constables are more vital than in most areas. I would focus on serving civil papers as well as other duties in which constables are authorized to perform.
WATERS: As constable pay, you can't live on it. I go in my personally pocket for gas and repairs for my car every week. I can live with it because I draw retirement.
CLARK: It has always been a good deed by the fiscal court to contribute to help with funds for a constable position. I will assist our courts system and will correspond with them in work relations. Funds can be generated by a constable through the process of serving warrants, civil documents. As a constable I will be corresponding with state, local and federal authorities on ideas I will be working on to generate funds for any position to better help serve all the folks of District 2.
BALL: I understand that resources are limited. A well planned budget is necessary for anyone to be successful. I will admit it will take planning and organization to do the job I will pledge to do. If elected I will seek additional training and support and co-ordinate with other agencies to efficiently conduct the job of constable.
COX: The county provides a vehicle and insurance for each Constable. I can provide gas and maintenance for that vehicle. Having a background in law enforcement and knowing who to contact for further help makes your resources unlimited.
KILBY: Although the resources are limited, the job of a constable can still be performed effectively. I am currently self employed which allows me to have a flexible schedule to meet the needs and concerns of the citizens in district 4. I have made myself available to the public by volunteering my services for community events such as the McCreary County Fair, mud bogs, vacation bible school, funerals, school events like graduation, the Red Maple Festival, traffic and crowd control. I have served papers for county attorneys as well as for citizens all over the county. I have worked with the McCreary County Sheriff’s Office and the State Police upon their request. I feel I have a good working relationship with both entities. I also fell that the people of my district know that they can rely on me to perform my duties whenever I am called to do so. Although monetary resources are limited, I feel that I have the best resources at my fingertips, the good citizens of district 4.
DAUGHERTY: When I was elected as constable, I knew it didn’t pay much, but I wanted to make a difference in my district. In the past three years I have had to use some of my own money to buy gas and equipment needed for the job. I didn’t want to be elected for the money. I wanted to be elected to help the people. Even though resources are limited to constables, I try to do the best job I can for the people in my district.
WHITLEY CITY — As of presstime, nine candidates for constable submitted responses to The Record’s survey form. They include:
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