The Office of County Sheriff 

​Who can run to be our County's 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:

~   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 of Kentucky's constitution)

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 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).
What does a county sheriff do?

Kentucky's laws in KRS Chapter 70 establish the powers and responsibilities of a county sheriff. The sheriff’s duties fall into four categories:


                               ~  Tax collection

                              ~  Election duties

                              ~  Services to courts

                             ~  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

Franklin County (KY) Office of Sheriff

*Chris Quire (Democrat)


Re-Elect Chris Quire for Sheriff

P. O. Box 5712

Frankfort KY 40602

Phone: 502.382.8781 

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  Chris Quire Re-elected as Franklin County Sheriff

The following information describes the qualifications, duties, and responsibilities of a county sheriff in Kentucky, as stated in the Kentucky Constitution. Democrat Chris Quire, the incumbent candidate, ran against Republican challenger, Steve Sutton in the November 8, 2022 General Election.  Quire was re-elected as the Franklin County Sheriff.

*Chris Quire (Democrat)