Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office swore in a new special deputy on Wednesday, June 13th. Devin Lindsey, a graduate of ECHS and a longtime Edmonson County resident was sworn in yesterday by Sheriff Shane Doyle.
Lindsey has volunteered in several capacities for the county, which include the Judge Executive's Office and as a Deputy Jailer. He is filling a vacant special deputy's position with the Sheriff's Office.
Special deputies are volunteer positions and are appointed by the Sheriff. Effective July 1, 2018, Edmonson County will have a bit more freedom with special deputies thanks to House Bill 275, sponsored by State Representative Michael Lee Meredith. Sheriff Shane Doyle worked with Rep. Meredith on the bill, which will increase the amount of special deputies allowed by a Kentucky Sheriff's Office.
The current law allows the sheriff of a Kentucky county with a population of 10,000 or more to appoint only one special deputy for each 2,500 residents. Edmonson County has a population of just over 12,000. HB 275, which was signed by Governor Matt Bevin on April 2, 2018, will allow a county with a population over 10K to have up to ten special deputies if needed.
"Special deputies are very important to a county the size of ours," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "While our office has more certified deputies than ever, there are also other needs in our county. Special deputies can assist in so many ways and I'm happy to have the opportunity to add Devin Lindsey to our team."
Lindsey resides in Brownsville with his family.