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Good-old-boy politics is alive and well in the Carroll County Democrat Executive Committee. On Aug. 8, there were eight people who applied to be the Democrat candidate for constable in District 3.
Of the eight candidates, two expressed having some degree of law enforcement training; a third had served a year as a police officer in northern Kentucky and spent several years as a military police officer with training in investigative police work.
According to the Kentucky Constitution Section 101 – Qualifications and jurisdiction of constables: “Constables shall possess the same qualifications as Sheriffs, and their jurisdictions shall be coextensive with the counties in which they reside.” In KRS 70.350 Execution of process – Jurisdiction: Para (1) states, “Constables may execute warrants, summons, subpoenas, attachments, notices, rules and order of court in all criminal, penal and civil cases, and shall return all process placed in his hands to the courts or persons issuing them, on or before the return day, noting the time of execution on them.”
The office of constable is set up in the Kentucky Constitution as a law enforcement office. I have not heard of any of Carroll County’s three elected constables having done anything to “earn their pay.”
I would be very interested in hearing of any warrants, summonses or subpoenas served by our constables. The candidate with the law enforcement background had indicated to the sheriff that he would be willing to help the sheriff’s department by serving papers for them thus earning his keep so to speak.
The committee missed a good chance to get extra help in the county by not selecting this individual. But then he was not related to several members of the committee, as was the person nominated.
As the old saying goes, “Blood is thicker than water.”
This is one Democrat who plans on taking a close look at the Republican nominee in November.