Incumbent Whitley jailer will stay in office

It was one of the only local races yesterday - Whitley County Jailer. Incumbent Ken Mobley won by more than 2,000 votes.

But that race drew some extra attention in recent weeks because of a dispute between the jail and the county sheriff's department.

Whitley County Jailer Ken Mobley will spend four more years in his office. He said he is excited that voters put their trust in him.

"They showed that faith by electing me pretty handily," said Mobley,"We're moving forward, and this spring we are planning on planting a garden to grow a lot of our food."

But booking policies and procedures of the county's detention center have come into question in recent weeks.

In October the jail refused to accept an inmate under the influence until he was medically cleared. That sparked a spat between the jail and the sheriff's department.

"We've met with the Commonwealth's Attorney and the police officers, and I think we're all on the same page. And hopefully it will not happen again," said Mobley.

"I am for the betterment of law enforcement in Whitley County, no matter who it is, just so the right thing is being done," said Colan Harrell, Whitley County Sheriff.

While the concerns appear to be cleared up, Mobley said you can never be too careful.

"There's just so many drugs out there - you have to be real cautious on intake," said Mobley.

The jailer said he is glad to have his post so he can keep serving the people of Whitley County. He believes it's obvious folks have moved past the incident.

Eight write-in candidates were also on the ballot. One received more than 500 votes. Mobley received more than 3,000 votes.


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