Logan County Jailer Bill Jenkins submitted his resignation Friday, saying he is ready to retire and not worry about being on call 24-7.
“During the past three months of discussion with my wife (Peggy) and our sons and their families, I have decided that it is in my best interest to leave my position as Logan County Jailer,” said Jenkins. “This will allow me to enter into a ‘not on call’ life and spend the time with my family and friends.”
The jailer will work through Feb. 28.
Jenkins said he looks forward to traveling to places he has always had a desire to visit.
Jenkins has been serving Logan County as jailer since Sept. 1, 1996. He is the longest serving jailer in the history of Logan County. Jenkins is also a retired Kentucky State Trooper, having served that post for 23 years, retiring as a detective in 1996. He was appointed as Logan County Jailer by former Judge Executive Johnny Guion to fill in for a resigning Ray Mac Sanders.
“I have been elected Logan County jailer by the citizens of Logan County four times after the initial appointment by judge Guion. I have now served as the jailer for the past 17 years and six months. I started my law enforcement career at age 24. In three months I will be 65. A main part of the requirements for both of these law enforcement positions, which encompass the past 41 years of my life, was being subjected to an on-call status, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Jenkins, who is more than ready for the change.
Jenkins said he will miss those who have worked with him at the jail over the years, and all the friends he has made in his job as jailer. However, he won’t miss the politics that surround the position.
“I have had an excellent staff at the jail, and they are perfectly capable to carry out the daily operations of the facility,” said Jenkins. “I feel certain they will all work hard for the person that county Judge Executive Logan Chick appoints to serve out the remainder of my term, which ends this year.”
According to KRS, Judge Chick has three months to appoint a replacement for Jenkins or the duty will land on the governor. Word of a replacement is expected at the next fiscal court meeting Feb. 11.
“I appreciate all of the support that I have received over the past 17 and a half years from the elected officials of Logan County,” Jenkins said. “I am forever grateful to the citizens of Logan County who voted me in each election and placed their trust in me to be responsible for the operation of the Logan County Detention Center. I will always be humbled by the amount of votes cast for me in each election. I leave office with my head held high as I feel I have put forth my very best effort in my service as Logan County Jailer.”