The year 2010 was full of controversy and health problems for Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton. The year emerged as the beginnings of what would become a federal case against him and the beginning of health problems caused by exposure to a methamphetamine lab.
But before all of that, he says, he had already decided the term he won that year, his third term as sheriff, would be his last.
“You never tell anybody you’re definitely not going to run again because then something comes up and you might want to run again,” Eaton said on Thursday. “But I had made my mind up when I started this term that it would be my last. The office of the Barren County Sheriff will be vacant in 2014.”
He kept the news quiet, until now, when he said he felt the timing was right and as offers for campaign donations started to come in, along with rumors about his future as sheriff.
A life of law enforcement has been good to him, he said, but when his term is up he would like to try new things, maybe own a barbecue restaurant or work with the Cincinnati Reds.
“I’ve been working since … 1989 and my family has had to make a lot of sacrifices because of my job,” Eaton said. “Now I want to spend time with my kids and make sure I’m there to be with my grandkids.”
For the full story, read the Sept. 21 print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.