The Office of County Sheriff 

Kentucky's constitution requires the election of a sheriff in each county to a 4-year term. The constitution requires the sheriff to be at least 24 years old, a Kentucky citizen, a resident of the state for 2 years, and a resident of the county of election 1 year before election (section 100).


Before taking office, the elected sheriff must execute bond (required by KRS 70.020) for a minimum of $10,000 and relates to the faithful performance of all of duties. The fiscal court has the power to require the sheriff to enter into an additional bond (KRS 134.230). The sheriff must also take the constitutional oath of office (section 228) and a statutory oath of office (KRS 70.010).
 
Kentucky's laws in KRS Chapter 70 establish the powers and responsibilities of a county sheriff. The sheriff’s duties fall into four categories:

  1. Tax collection;

  2. Election duties;

  3. Services to courts, and;

  4. Law enforcement.


According to publications* by the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, a sheriff generally spends the most time on civil duties, as opposed to criminal or law enforcement duties. More information about the duties, pay scale, interaction with other elected offices, and other matters of the office of county Sheriff can be found in the publication: Duties of Elected Officials, (Chapter 7, Sheriff) by the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. Click on the highlighted link for a copy of the publication.


*References:  “Sheriffs: Powers and Duties of Kentucky Sheriffs.” Ky. Law Jour., 52.1 (1963-1964): 15-17
 

 Candidates for Sheriff  

The candidate information was collected from internet searches, print & electronic media searches, and candidate's information made available publicly. News articles referenced include those in which candidates filed for office, and most recent articles in local media. To correct/update any information, contact togetherfrankfort2017@gmail.com. **Indicates incumbent candidate; N/A indicates the information was not readily available to the researcher.


Chris Quire won the May primary election. Since both candidates in the race were Democrats, Quire will run unopposed in the general election, November 2018.


Post Election New Articles: Chris Quire


May 22, 2018: Quire Ousts Melton

May 22, 2018: Sheriff Pat Melton Loses to Chris Quire (WKYT-TV)


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Candidate Chris Quire; photo courtesy Frankfort State Journal, News article, April 5, 2018