"My early days as a State Trooper I knew, eventually I'd like to be Sheriff of Simpson County." -Simpson County Sheriff Jere Hopson
FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Last weekend, Simpson County sheriff Chris Cline resigned due to medical reasons. Now a new sheriff is in place to finish out his term. Simpson County Judge Executive Jim Henderson had a big decision to make last weekend when the county's sheriff of 3 years resigned. Lucky for him, it wasn't a tough one.
"When Chris (Cline) indicated he was going to resign, I immediately contacted Jere and asked if he would be interested." said Henderson.
Fast forward to Thursday and now Sheriff Jere Hopson is getting acquainted with his new office and new title.
"You want all organizations to be better and to continue moving better. That's my goal. My second big goal while I'm here, is communication with the community. Sheriff Cline did a fine job and I want to continue that. I want to build those relationships myself. I look forward to working with fiscal court, the other agencies here, and the citizens of Simpson County." said Sheriff Hopson.
The legacy of former Sheriff Cline is apparent, according to Hopson, by the great shape the Sheriff's Office has been left in. County officials said a smooth transition should be expected.
"We're investing more in law enforcement than we ever have. The Sheriff's Department has the highest number of deputies they've ever had. They've certainly got the best equipment and resources they've ever had." added Henderson.
Hopson is a former State Trooper, but leading law enforcement in his native county is a life long dream come true. Though he has goals set for the rest of the term, he also has his eyes set on being elected into his appointed office come November.
"I've been talking about running for sheriff for 18 years, literally. My early days as a State Trooper I knew, eventually I'd like to be Sheriff of Simpson County. I was excited about the opportunity to come here as Sheriff. I'm excited about the possibility of getting elected for another term."
Hopson said Simpson County is where he's always been and where he always plans to be.