Warren County elects a new sheriff after 40 years

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- After 40 years in office, Warren County Sheriff Peanuts Gaines fell to opponent Brett Hightower in the 2018 Midterm Elections.

"Now I can enjoy myself and be Peanuts," said Sheriff Gaines. "But I'll miss it, you know. I've been there 40 years."

Sheriff-Elect Brett Hightower said, "I really want to think Sheriff Gaines for his long tenure as our Warren County Sheriff. There's no doubt his name recognition is far and wide. He's done a really good job serving this community."

The unofficial results show Hightower won with 22,978 votes, or 58%. Gaines earned 16,774 votes, or 42%.

Hightower said he's looking forward to meeting with everyone at the sheriff's office.

"I want to sit down and meet with each of the employees down there. I want to talk to them and really get their ideas on how they think we can better serve the community more efficiently and more effectively," he said.

"Warren County has the best full service sheriff's department in the state of Kentucky and I hope the new man just keeps them going like they're going," said Sheriff Gaines.

Sheriff-Elect Hightower said he's lived in Bowling Green for 30 years and he loves the Warren County community.

"We have a super bright future here," he said.

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