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On Sept. 20, I was honored to receive the Sheriff of the Year award from the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Association. Receiving this award is a big accomplishment. Even though this is an individual award, I could not do it without the help of many people. Being your sheriff is something that I take very serious. I strive to do the best that I can and to have an office that the citizens of Carroll County can be proud of. I would like to take the time to thank several people who have been very helpful to me and the sheriff’s office. Your sheriff’s office will continue to be here for you and to do the best that we can to provide you with a department you can be proud of.
First, to my staff, J.T. Shaw, Daniel Rose, Clay Cable, Mandy Tuttle, Jennifer Willhoite, Ron Lacefield, Strother Stark, Terry Grawemeyer and Devon Ellison. They all have been very hard-working employees who have done all that I have asked of them.
J.T., Clay and Daniel are all graduates of the Police Academy in Richmond. Each one of them works many hours, and we all work together to serve the citizens of Carroll County.
Mandy and Jennifer do a wonderful job in the office. They both have been to training and work together well.
Strother, Devon, Ron and Terry are our Court Security Officers. Strother just retired and Terry is the most recent addition to the staff. All four work the courts and have always been a great asset to the Sheriff’s office.
I am very grateful for all the employees and for the time that they each give. I am very proud to get to work with each one of them, and they are the ones who I believe make the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office one of the best.
To my parents, Ron and Margaret Kinman, and my sisters, Kim Richards and Teresa Thompson. Thank you all for raising me to become the man I am. My parents have always been there for me at all times. I have always tried my best to make them proud. Both of my sisters also are two of my best friends. They have always been just a phone call away and have always been very supportive.
To the one person who has truly made me the sheriff I am — Charlie Maiden. Charlie took a chance on me in 1999 when he hired me as a deputy. He taught me so much about the Sheriff’s office. He stayed on me a lot about my work. At the time I had trouble understanding why he was so hard on me. Looking back, I now know why.
Charlie can be misunderstood at times, but believe me Charlie has a very big heart. If I ever have questions about the Sheriff’s office, he is the one I would call. Charlie, thank you for all you have done for me and for making me the sheriff I am. I couldn’t have done it or be where I am without you.
Charlie’s wife, Dru, also has been there for me, Mandy and Jennifer when we have had questions pertaining to the day-to-day operations of the office.
To the Carrollton Police Department and the Kentucky State Police, thank you to all of the officers for being there for backup and assistance on many calls. I consider Chief Mike Willhoite to be one of my best friends. He has always allowed his officers to assist the sheriff’s office on calls in the county. Mike, thank you for being a great chief and an even better friend.
To the citizens of Carroll County, it is an honor to be your sheriff. When I work I know I am working for each and every one of you. I, along with my employees, strive to do our best for everyone. With a small department it is sometimes hard to be everywhere. We try to do our best and act in a professional and timely manner. We will continue to provide the citizens of Carroll County with a sheriff’s office you can be proud of. Thank you again for allowing me to be your sheriff and for being able to do what I love to do.
To end, I would like to thank my wife, Danielle. I married my best friend, and I am very lucky to have Danielle by my side.
When I became sheriff, it was just J.T. and I until Clay and Daniel graduated from the police academy. There were many days and nights that I was away from home and Danielle was alone. She understood and never complained. We have two children and Danielle is an excellent mother. Danielle, thank you for all you do.
Jamie Kinman is sheriff of Carroll County.