New Barren County Sheriff Named

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The message was loud and clear Monday as Barren County Judge/Executive Davie Greer appointed Kent Keen as the new sheriff.

"The main goal that I wanted to express is reflected in the crowd that's represented here today. It's pride. It's pride in Barren County. These gentleman behind me wearing uniforms have that pride and I'm going to push them," said newly appointed Sheriff Kent Keen.

"Let's quit looking back to what has happened and let's look forward to what we're going to do and we're going to be proud of living in Barren County," said Barren County Judge/Executive Davie Greer.

Keen is a retired Lt. Colonel with the Glasgow Police Department and was currently serving as Barren County High School's Resource Officer.

"I feel like this is the best person to lead barren county and to move Barren County forward in the right direction," said Greer.

This all comes in less than a week after former Sheriff Chris Eaton resigned and was also sentenced to 18 months in prison for getting two deputies to right false reports in an FBI investigation of using excessive force from an incident in 2010.

Keen hit the ground running talking about the future of the office.

"We've got a policy manual. It's probably going to be under construction, bring that up to date, make sure our paperwork is in compliance. That's some of the plans we have," said Keen.

Keen also said there are even more plans to come.

Keen will fill the position of Sheriff until the November 2014 election at which point he will have the opportunity to run for election or step down.

He said Monday, he's made no decision on running yet.

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