According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Sheriff John Kirk told county officials at meeting on Monday that he would be ceasing law enforcement activities in the county due to a stark lack of funding.
about a week ago
I want to address the citizens of our county. I have been your Sheriff for over four years now. It has been a struggle to try to keep 24 hour protection for you and your family. I have had to operate the last little bit with just myself and one other paid deputy. There are volunteers that help when they can. I am going to have to cut even more tomorrow. I have no choice.
One of the big factors that Kirk cited is the $75,000 he should have received from the fiscal courts in January. He claims to still not have gotten that money.
Exacerbating matters, Kirk claims that his department is now responsible for paying for its own workers’ compensation insurance, retirement, and Social Security benefits. According to Kirk, those benefits and various other expenditures amount to another $99,000 the department must spend.
Due to what he felt was a ridiculous financial burden, Kirk announced that he was officially ceasing all law enforcement services from his office, at least temporarily.