Darren Doyle, story
Sheriff Shane Doyle has announced that Eriq Roscoe, 52, of Sweeden has been hired as the county's new animal control officer through Edmonson County Fiscal Court.
Roscoe is a retired 23 year veteran of the United States Navy and is the owner of Beach House Tanning and Fitness in Bee Spring.
Doyle said there was a huge interest in the position with many applicants but Officer Roscoe's past military and community service experience made him best fit for the job.
"Officer Roscoe has a long history of service and he's reached out to us several times, offering his help to the county," Doyle said. "We feel like his experience, work ethic, and love for animals will be huge assets to this office and our entire county."
Officer Roscoe is originally from Birmingham, Alabama and married his wife Virginia (Lane) Roscoe, a native of Edmonson County 23 years ago. They moved back to the county about five years ago to take care of the family farm, first owned by Hack and Nelda Lane in Sweeden.
He said his 12 year old daughter who will be going into the 7th grade at ECMS wants to be a vet, has several pets, and stays busy on the farm, always taking care of animals. Roscoe said the family's love for animals helped them see a need and a way to help.
"I'm just glad to have the opportunity to help the sheriff's office and this community," Roscoe said. "I'd like to bring pride to this position in the name of Hack and Nelda Lane."
Doyle said Officer Roscoe will be required to complete specific training as soon as possible and will assume his duties immediately after that. The sheriff's office will supervise the county position.