, Corbin, KY

January 7, 2013

Laurel sheriff plans 8th Town Hall meeting

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Laurel County residents, get your questions, concerns and comments ready.

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office will host its eighth Town Hall Meeting.

The meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the London City Fire Department building on West Dixie Street (KY 363) in London.

Sheriff John Root, Chief Deputy Eddy Sizemore, Sgt. Rodney Van Zant and Public Affairs Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, as well as other sheriff’s office deputies, will all be on hand during this eighth Town Hall Meeting.

Root promised quarterly town hall meetings to Laurel County residents.

Those meetings have been scheduled all across Laurel County. The latest meeting was in October at Crossroads Fire Department.

Lily was the site of the first meeting March 20, 2011.

Several concerns were addressed during that meeting, including asking the community’s help with fighting illegal drugs.

East Bernstadt was the location of the second meeting June 20 that same year. More than 150 people attended the meeting, where Root discussed illegal drug issues, jail issues and child support issues.

Keavy Fire Department hosted the third town hall meeting Sept. 26, 2011.

The fourth meeting, which was a wrap-up of the sheriff’s department activities for 2011, was conducted at the Laurel County Fire Department in London Jan. 23, 2012.

The fifth meeting was held at Campground Fire Department April 23, and the sixth meeting was at Bush Fire Department on July 23.

The upcoming meeting Jan. 22 is another opportunity for citizens to meet Root and other sheriff’s department officials, as well as various elected county officials.

And to ask questions.

Topics to be discussed are year-end totals for the sheriff’s office, which includes the number of complaint calls, the number of drug arrests in the county and information about conducting a neighborhood watch program.

“We will also open up the floor to hear what you, the people, have to say about your sheriff’s office,” Root said.

Numerous other elected officials are expected to be on-hand during the next meeting. At previous meetings, County Clerk Dean Johnson, Circuit Clerk Roger Schott, County Judge Executive David Westerfield, County Attorney Jodi Albright, Commonwealth’s Attorney Jackie Steele, County Jailer Jamie Mosley, Property Valuation Administrator Joyce Parker, as well as magistrates for their respective districts and district constables.

London City Mayor Troy Rudder and city council members are also invited to attend.

“Make sure to make plans to be in attendance,” Root said. “We look forward to seeing each of you and discussing your concerns as a group about Laurel County.”