Students, Officials Pitch In To Build Cruiser For Sheriff

In a very short time in office, McCreary County Sheriff Gus Skinner has already made inroads in the war on drugs. When one of his deputies crashed his cruiser, Sheriff Gus gave him his car. It was the best one in an aging fleet; he found a new one for himself at the junk yard.

"..one of their surplus vehicles that had been welded together, and here's a man trying to do the best he can with what he has," said Josh Bunch, the Director of Development in Whitley County.

About 75% of McCreary County is owned by the Federal Government which limits the tax base, so the folks in neighboring Whitley County pitched in to help.

"The Judge Executive, Pat White, said do what we can to help him Their drug issue is our drug issue. Our community took that to heart," Bunch said.

The Sheriff's Department came up with an out of service Tahoe in terrible shape. It had no wheels or transmission.

But the Tahoe is now in pretty good shape. The Williamsburg Police donated lights and sirens and area businesses provided body work, painting and graphics, plus thousands of dollars worth of material and accessories.

When the Vo Ag teacher here at Whitley County High School heard what was happening, he saw a golden opportunity to teach his students valuable lessons about both auto tech and life.

"...learn some things about civil service and supporting the police and helping people out," said Glen Croley.

The kids really accepted the challenge and have worked to get the Tahoe in tip top shape.

Students in both McCreary and Whitley counties are a major motivation for Sheriff Gus Skinner.

"I have a heart for our youth. We'll never win the war on drugs but we can make a dent in it," said Skinner.

A weapon in that battle will now be an almost good-as-new Tahoe that was presented to the Sheriff on Friday afternoon.


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  • by Jera Wethington Location: Elizabethtown on Mar 13, 2008 at 08:08 AM
    What a great story! I love Gus Skinner and his family very much, so I am very happy to see other people recognizing what a wonderful person he is. His daughter Heather is one of my very best friends and he has always been there to support her in everything she does. I look at him as a father to me as well and I am very happy at his success as Sheriff and I know he will have many more stories just as these to come.
  • by Faye Location: Phenix City, AL on Mar 9, 2008 at 05:29 PM
    Gus, I am so very proud of you. Congratulations to you for what you are doing. Your Mom and Dad would be so bery proud of you. I'm sure those that know you here in Alabama and Georgia feel the same way. Love you! Faye Williams
  • by Sue Location: Harlan County on Mar 8, 2008 at 08:54 PM
    GREAT story!!! Kuddos to all involved.
  • by Waytogo Location: topoftree on Mar 8, 2008 at 01:21 PM
    Great people make for a great story, "Thumbs up" to all involved.
  • by Donna Location: McCreary Co. on Mar 8, 2008 at 01:08 PM
    Whitley County you must be proud to have such a fine group of young adults and an educator who cares.
  • by BILL Location: PULASKI on Mar 8, 2008 at 12:11 PM
    THIS STORY REMINDS OF ME VERY MUCH OF OUR STATE MOTTO "UNITED WE STAND,DIVIDED WE FALL". I AM PROUD TO BE A KENTUCKIAN!
  • by jamie Location: mccreary ky on Mar 8, 2008 at 11:12 AM
    Thank You Whitley CO. I personally know Gus. HE is an great person, and a great Sheriff. Whitley Co., Keep up the good work and thank you. Gus go get'em.
  • by Carl Location: Kentucky on Mar 8, 2008 at 09:57 AM
    Way to go Whitley HS!!!! You guys should be really proud. And if every Sheriff in Kentucky was like Gus, we wouldn't have so much to worry about when our children leave home. Thanks for all you do Sheriff Skinner.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Mar 8, 2008 at 05:38 AM
    I thought the news portrayed the sheriff so well. He seems like an exceptional man. He sure deserved a new(or re-worked) vehicle.He reminds me of our sheriff here where I live.
  • by J Location: Whitley County on Mar 7, 2008 at 10:24 PM
    It's good to know there are good kids out there. Whitley County High School FFA and Mr. Croley are some of the best. Keep up the good work.
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