Eddie Turner is now serving as Logan County’s Solid Waste Coordinator. The retired Kentucky State Trooper was hired Nov. 28, 2016, to fill the position once held by Dwight Cockrill who left in December 2016. Cockrill, a retired school teacher, took the position in 2008 replacing Debbie Nelson. Over the past eight years, Cockrill has been facilitating the county’s waste ordinances, dealt with the former landfill, cleaned up illegal dumps, managed the county litter abatement program, applied for grants, created an educational program in the schools, ran an advertising campaign to lower littering, oversaw numerous e-scrap events, and organized a tire recycling program.
Turner, who admits he is still getting his feet wet, is very excited to be working with the community once again. He retired from the Kentucky State Police after 23 years of service. While working for the state, Turner served as a road trooper, detective, and ended his career in the drivers testing branch in Frankfort.
“All I’ve ever known in my adult life is serving as a state trooper,” said Turner. “It was something I had always wanted to be ever since I was a child. “I love the organization and regiment the state offered, and I am glad to be getting back to working for the government.”
One of Turner’s passions is working with kids. He said through his position as a state trooper, he was able to be a positive influence, which is important to him. By taking over as the county’s solid waste coordinator, he will be able to continue that passion by teaching students in the school systems the importance of recycling as well as not littering.
“I am excited to be back in the community once again,” Turner said. “I work for the Logan County Fiscal Court and I will be an extension of their needs and wishes for the county.”
Turner will also be working with community non-profits to orchestrate trash pickup days. These are days volunteers come out and pick up trash on one to five miles of roadway for up to $500. He will also instruct Logan County citizens when the free dump days are offered at the transfer station in South Union.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.