Sheriff Wallace Whittaker

Sheriff Wallace Whittaker

Magistrates met Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. in the historic courthouse for the bi-monthly meeting of the fiscal court. The court manages the county's financial affairs. There are six districts within the county and each has an elected representative on the court.

Presiding over the meetings is Judge Executive Logan Chick. Dickie Carter serves District One, Jack Crossley serves District Two, Barry Wright serves District Three, Drexel Johnson serves District Four, Jo Orange serves District Five and Thomas Bouldin serves District Six.

Each meeting of the fiscal court begins with paying the county bills, road work requests in each district, elected official reports and department head reports. These meetings are open to the public and are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

Jack Crossley was absent from Tuesday's meeting.

Wallace Whittaker announced Tuesday that Dec. 1 would be his last day as Logan County Sheriff. Whittaker was beaten in the May primary by Stephen Stratton. Stratton will go on to face Republican Robbie Matthews in the November general election for the position of sheriff.

"It has been a pleasure working with fiscal court," said Whittaker adding his decision to leave a month early was not due to politics, but instead due to the exit audits that will be taking place at his department, as well as losing a lot of time he has not taken over the past 16 and a half years as sheriff. "I have spoken with the retirement system and Dec. 1 will be my last day."

Whittaker went on to say that both Stratton and Matthews were "good guys" and both were capable of doing the job.

According to County Attorney Joe Ross, under KRS 63.220, the County Judge Executive is responsible for filling the sheriff's vacancy.

Lee Dockins was the highlight of Tuesday's meeting. A celebration in her honor began with Judge Executive Logan Chick reading a proclamation declaring Tuesday, Sept. 11 as Lee Dockins Day in Logan County.

Miss Dockins has won over 200 medals as a Special Olympics athlete. Chick told the young lady she made Logan County proud.

Dockins also received accolades from the Department of Transportation as engineer Joe Plunk presented a sign in her honor that will hang at the entrances into Logan County on US 68. The sign reads "Logan County Home of Lee Dockins 2018 Special Olympics World Gold Medalist."

Dockins spoke sharing her appreciation for the moment and thanking all those involved with the proclamation and signage.

"Thank you all for this honor. This is just unbelievable and I love you all," said Dockins.

There to celebrate with Lee were many of her family and friends including her father and mother the former Logan County First District Magistrate Harris and Sharon Dockins.

Donating funds for the sign and present at the meeting were members of the Russellville Lion's Club.

Com-Care, Inc. is being called into action to aid those in the path of hurricanes approaching the Carolinas. Also waiting to hear is Logan County Coroner Mary Givens. Com-Care contracts with the county to operate its ambulance service. Director Ben Wofford told magistrates the service would not be taking an ambulance from Logan County.

The court acknowledged the 2018 tax rates for Big Muddy Creek Water Shed (.10 per $100 real property) and Mud River Water Shed and Soil Conservation Districts (.0135 per $100 real property).

During Post Agenda, magistrate Dickie Carter asked about an update on the discussions of the county possibly purchasing Wildcat Hollow Boy Scout Camp. Judge Executive Logan Chick said he was waiting to hear from the committee looking into the idea. Committee member Thomas Bouldin said he didn't have any new news.

Carter also mentioned contacting the Department of Corrections to ask them if they would send someone to Logan County to look at the jail. He had said he knew he had been on board with having architects come and give their opinions on a possible expansion of the detention center but felt asking the DOC wouldn't cost anything, whereas an architect would.

"We can ask them to come down here and tell what needs to be done and that way we won't have to pay an architect," said Carter. Judge Chick said he didn't think it would be that easy.

Logan County's jail is suffering an overcrowding problem along with the rest of the state. The county inmate population is on the rise and there is no more room. The jail is split into sections by classification and although there may be room in some areas of the jail that does not benefit the jail as a whole.

Magistrate Jo Orange agreed with Carter on his idea of possibly restructuring the jail instead of building on which may allow more room for county inmates by giving some of the state inmates up.

Jailer Phil Gregory has been diligent in bringing in state inmates to Logan County's facility to increase revenue and decrease the amount the county has to subsidize the jail. The state pays the county a percentage to house "state" inmates who have already been processed through the judicial system and are serving their sentence. County immates are those awaiting process and their cost to stay comes out of the local coffers.