Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Opinion

August 9, 2013

OUR VIEW: Greer makes best choice for BCSO

FRANKFORT — It was clear Monday afternoon the Barren County Sheriff’s Office personnel and public at-large who attended the press conference announcing the county’s next sheriff supported the choice.

Judge-Executive Davie Greer announced Kent Keen would be charged with heading the office from now until at least December 2014. We suggested last week Greer’s decision was the most important of her career. She got it right.

Keen’s resume is impressive and the respect he has from many areas of the community he will serve is high. Most importantly, he has expressed on many occasions the most important role of law enforcement is community service. During his press conference speech, he stated there are three guides for how he performs his duties: The Kentucky Revised Statutes, the laws of the commonwealth; the department’s operating procedures; and the Bible. Not much can go wrong when those are a public official’s guides and he/she follows them to the letter.

The new sheriff also has strong law enforcement credentials collected through more than 20 years of training and practice.

He is a college graduate. He is a police academy graduate. Throughout his career, he has pursued continuing education and training opportunities. He is the only FBI National Academy graduate presently in any of the local law enforcement departments.

Keen has served as a DARE officer and school resource officer. He is passionate about connecting with youths in the community and encouraging them to avoid criminal circumstances. He is a strong advocate for education, having grown up in a family of teachers.

The new sheriff has solid experience as a law enforcement manager, having aquired training and experience to be a certified law enforcement executive by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council.

Judge Greer could have made a different decision, but she couldn’t have made a better one.

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