Lawmakers debate Kentucky constables' power

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

Lee County Constable Jonathan Shuler says it's frustrating that Kentucky lawmakers want to do away with his position.

"In our rural county, we are very good asset to the county. Because we don't have much law enforcement now besides special deputies and the city police," said Shuler, who assists the Lee County Sheriff and one full-time paid deputy.

"It would be a big impact, it would put more of a workload on the sheriff's department," Shuler added.

"They serve civil warrants, they do all sorts of things that are very helpful. But they do have that arrest power and the ability to carry a gun with none of the training," said Rep. Joni Jenkins. She filed a bill that would abolish the office in Kentucky.

Jenkins knows her bill will receive resistance, but she says a more viable option was filed on Wednesday.

"Which I co-sponsored in the House, which would give the authority to local fiscal courts as to the duties and the boundaries for constable," she said.

"I think at this point in time, it goes too far just to say hey, we're going to do what we can to just to completely do away with the office," said Rep. Fred Nesler. He filed the new HB 437.

Shuler says he hopes the people not only in his county, but in the legislature, realize how vital his role is.

"It could be making an arrest, DUI charges, it just varies from day to day."


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