BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Sworn in for his official term on Friday, Brett Hightower has been in his role as Warren County's new sheriff since January 1, after former sheriff Jerry "Peanuts" Gaines retired on New Year's Eve.
That first night, Hightower worked into the early morning hours, meeting with deputies and joining calls. Several hours later, he said he returned for a call of a stolen vehicle and pursuit.
"You know, it's the daily pace that we're going to be in, in having patrols out and working with different people; within the community, try to just educate them on what's going on within the community -- different crimes, and just -- I'm looking forward to it," said Hightower.
"The current deputies and staff at the department have been very helpful and working very hard to ease this transition," said Jana Hightower, the sheriff's wife. "I know he's very thankful for their work and support."
Sheriff Hightower said coming soon in February, they'll have multiple sheriff's deputy and court security positions opening up.
"We're going to be very visible with any hiring that we have here, trying to put that out on social media, using platforms so that people know the process," he said. "We're really looking forward to trying to get these new hires in, and get some additional deputies out on the street and just helping to serve this community."
Hightower said going forward, the office will be working on some traffic enforcement issues. He also said the office has an open-door policy for community members to stop by.