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April 2, 2014

PRIMARY PROFILES: Jailer/Chief Transport Officer

WHITLEY CITY —     This week The McCreary County Record is featuring questionnaire responses from candidates in the Jailer’s race. The newspaper received seven responses, printed in order of receipt, out of 10 candidates.

    Derek L. Jones of of Whitley City is seeking the Democrat nomination. Jones is an honorably discharged veteran of both the Kentucky Army National Guard and US Army. He has volunteered with two sheriff departments, County Police Dept. Merit Board, North McCreary Fire Department, and Search & Rescue Squad. Jones also helped re-establish the Law Enforcement Club at Somerset Community College, where he studied Criminal Justice.

    Harvey Meadows of Parkers Lake is a Democrat candidate who has more than 20 years experience managing construction crews and office personnel. A retired iron worker/millwright, Meadows also operated his own consulting firm for the last five years of his career.

    Jessie Hatfield of Stearns is seeking the Republican nomination. Having worked in the public since age 15, he has been with Anderson Grocery for more than 20 years.

    Joe Horne of Whitley City is seeking the Republican nomination. He has been a Deputy Sheriff since 2002, with two and a half years experience as an SRO (School Resource Officer) and having graduated from the police academy.

    Kenny C. Kidd of Stearns is seeking the Republican nomination. Kidd worked as a Deputy Jailer for three years and runs the Shaolin School of Martial Arts in Whitley City. With more than 15 years of martial arts experience, he was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2008.

    Frank Gowin of Revelo is a Republican candidate with 7.5 years experience as a deputy sheriff, during which he graduated from the police academy. Gowin and his wife Cathy are also foster parents to four, in addition to three daughters and seven grandchildren.

    Two-term incumbent Tony Ball, a Democrat from Pine Knot, has more than 500 hours of Jailer Training as well as 20 years experience as a fire fighter and 10 as an EMT.

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