Sheriff Kent Keen Announces He Will Run for Barren County Sheriff

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BARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) - His name may have only been on the door for two months, but Sheriff Kent Keen is already making big plans for the future.

"Yesterday I picked up the information from the clerks office and I want to make a public announcement that I intend to run for Sheriff," says Keen.

This will be Keen's first time running. He was appointed to the Sheriff position on August 5 after former Sheriff Chris Eaton resigned and was sentenced to 18 months in prison for witness tampering in an FBI investigation.

The case shined a negative light on the Barren County Sheriff's Department. Although its only been 60 days, Keen feels the public's opinion is improving.

"That reflection, I feel like we have made some change. In the last two months I have got several positive comments from citizens, business owners, people in the community. So yes I think we have made a positive change," says Keen.

Keen's qualifications include more than 20 years in law enforcement. He served on the Glasgow Police Department from 1991 to 2011.

"I was one of the few and the only person from the history of Glasgow Police Department to attend the FBI National Academy and the sheriff's department also. So that has given me the opportunity to learn from a lot of other departments," says Keen.

Sheriff Keen will become an official candidate when he submits his paperwork on November 6.

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