Long-time Pike County Sheriff prepares to leave office

PIKEVILLE, Ky (WYMT) - When Pike County swears in a new sheriff next year, it will be the end of an era.

Charles "Fuzzy" Keesee has spent four decades serving the public and as he prepares to leave the office he has held for so long, he reflected on his career during an interview with WYMT.

He has held the title of "sheriff" off and on since the 1960s. But there is only one name this man answers to.

"My father said when you file for sheriff, be sure you file as "Fuzzy" Keesee and I did. I have had a lot of people that do not know me by my first name but they call me Fuzzy," said Keesee.

It is a nickname, like a full head of hair, that he wears with pride.

"I got up one morning and did not comb my hair. My father said, Charles if you do not start combing your hair, I am going to call you Fuzzy," said Keesee.

Now as he prepares to leave the office one last time, he said he is pleased with how he served his community.

"If somebody came in and I knew they did not vote for me, and they needed a favor, I would do it anyway. It did not matter if they were Democrats or Republicans," said Keesee.

He adds that even after a hard loss, there are no hard feelings.

"I think it is time that I retire. I am glad that Rodney Scott defeated me. I needed a rest," said Keesee.

Keesee said he wants folks to always think of him as a good man.

"I hope they will remember me as being a good sheriff, helping people all the time," said Keesee.

Keesee first took office back in 1962.


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