Metcalfe County Sheriff Ricky Brooks died Saturday after a battle with leukemia.
Brooks was elected to a four-year term as sheriff in November 2018.
“He found out (he had cancer) after he had filed to run,” said Metcalfe County Judge-Executive Harold Stilts. “It's a big loss for the county. We were hoping and praying that he could over come his illness, but it just didn't come through for him. We are mourning in sorrow for him and his family.”
Brooks was a decorated veteran of the Iraq war and a retired Kentucky State Police trooper, according to a press release issued by his office.
Prior to becoming a state trooper, Brooks worked as a police officer for the Edmonton Police Department.
Edmonton Police Chief Delaney Wilson described Brooks as being a “friendly, hard working family man.”
“He was an upstanding police officer, very dedicated to his profession,” Wilson said.
Carol Perkins, a retired Metcalfe County teacher, called for a community prayer on Monday for Brooks' family, as well as the families of those who died over the weekend as a result of mass shootings.
In an email blast from the Edmonton-Metcalfe County Chamber of Commerce, Perkins said Brooks was one of her former students.
Stilts will appoint someone to serve as acting sheriff. That person will serve until 10 days after the November election. The appointment will be made at 9 a.m. on Wednesday in the Metcalfe County Fiscal Court chambers at the Metcalfe County Government Center.
The sheriff's position will appear on the November ballot. The names of one Republican candidate and one Democrat candidate will appear on the ballot.
“The party chairmen will get together and submit a paper to me on who they nominate to be on the ballot in November,” said Metcalfe County Clerk Carol England Chaney.
The person elected in November will then serve the remaining three years left in Brooks' term, she said.
Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. Monday and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at Butler Funeral Home in Edmonton. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with burial in the Asbury-Center Cemetery.