BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The Knox County Sheriff's Office will not be handling its normal amount of cases in the coming months.
Since Sheriff John Pickard lost his bid Tuesday for a fourth term in office, deputies are trying to get as many cases closed before the new administration takes over in January 2015.
In order to free up more time to do that, they are turning over cases that require extensive investigation and legwork to Kentucky State Police.
"We've got a lot of evidence we have to get taken care of and there's a lot of paperwork to do," Chief Deputy Derek Eubanks said. "And with the call volume, it's tough to get downtime to work on that."
Eubanks said he has 70 cases he's working on now by himself. He said the sheriff's office typically fields 15-20 calls per day.
"I don't think this is a permanent thing. It's a temporary thing," Eubanks said. "But if in three months we can get caught up, we'll take it all back."
Deputies will still assist other agencies in the county when they need help. And that's welcome news to Darryl Baker, the chief of the West Knox Fire Department.
Officials from the sheriff's office help WKFD clean up wrecks several times per week, Baker said.
"They're very important on those because we can't clean up a roadway for a wreck without worrying about secondary accidents,” he said. “Whenever you have a wreck on a roadway, you try to get everything done and get the traffic moving as quick as you can.”