Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Local News

May 19, 2010

Eaton wins big over Garrison

GLASGOW — Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton will return for a third term.

Eaton faced Democratic opponent Howard Garrison, an officer with the Glasgow Police Department, and won with 4,845 over Garrison’s 1,224 votes in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. There is no Republican candidate vying for the position, which means Eaton will be unopposed in the November general election.

“I’d like to thank the citizens of Barren County,” Eaton said after learning he had won the race. “I’m humbled.”

Eaton thanked his family for their support, and especially his staff.

“That vote is attributed to them. They work hard,” he said. “I love each and every one of them.”

Joining Eaton in campaigning for the first time was his 13-year-old daughter Murphy, who served as his official campaign manager and got him started on Facebook.

“I’m so proud of her,” he said.

Garrison thanked those who voted for him, and said as his first time to seek a political office, he took a big step.

“It was something different,” he said. “I had never done anything like that. I enjoyed talking to the people.” 

In his newly elected term, Eaton plans to address Internet crimes by hiring a cyber detective.

“We are having more Internet crimes and scams,” he said. “We’re going to tackle that.”

Before becoming sheriff, Eaton served eight years as a deputy under former sheriff Barney Jones and has 16 years experience in law enforcement. He is a native of Barren County and graduated from Barren County High School in 1989. He is also a 1994 graduate of the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Police Academy.

Eaton has memberships in state and national sheriff’s associations and was named Kentucky Sheriff of the Year in 2008. He is chairman of the Kentucky Sheriff’s Scholarship Committee, serves on the Boys and Girls Sheriff’s Ranch and Legislative committees and the National Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Committee. In 2008, he was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to serve on the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council.

Glasgow Daily Times reporter Lisa Simpson Strange also contributed to this article.

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