“I am pleased to be able to appoint Jere as Simpson County’s new sheriff. He has a long and distinguished career in law enforcement and will serve the community well."
FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Simpson County Sheriff Chris Cline has tendered his resignation to Simpson County Judge/Executive Jim Henderson. Cline’s letter cites “medical reasons” as the explanation for his resignation.
Simpson County Judge-Executive Jim Henderson appointed Jere D. Hopson to be Sheriff for the remainder of Cline’s term. Hopson filed papers with the Simpson County Clerk’s office on Monday morning declaring his intentions to seek the office of Sheriff in the 2014 election.
Hopson retired in 2012 from the Kentucky State Police and has most recently served as the Director of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force for Simpson and Logan Counties.
“I am pleased to be able to appoint Jere as Simpson County’s new sheriff. He has a long and distinguished career in law enforcement and will serve the community well”, said Henderson.
Henderson went on to say, “Sheriff Cline called me on Saturday to inform me of his intentions to resign, so I immediately contacted Jere to ask him to consider serving out the remainder of the term. I knew Jere had expressed interest in the Sheriff’s office before and it seemed he would be a natural to take the post if he was willing. I’m glad he accepted my offer.”