July 9, 2014 — Jailers of all 120 Kentucky counties vote during their summer conference to appoint 20 members to the Board of Directors of their state association.
Carter County Jailer R.W. Boggs was among those chosen to serve this year.
“We only have a handful from Eastern Kentucky,” Boggs said of the board. “This will increase our voice in the region. I am just humbled by the opportunity to serve.”
Boggs is in his fourth year as jailer and is campaigning for a second term. He said new technology at the Carter County Detention Center, as well as business-minded operations, have made his term successful.
“This is the county's jail and every taxpayer is a stakeholder,” Boggs said. “Social media has opened a new way for jailers across the state to share ideas. This board appointment gives us another avenue to brainstorm.”
The appointment is a one-year term. KJA President and Oldham County Jailer Mike Simpson said four first-term jailers were appointed this year.
“We had a larger number of retiring jailers who have been on the board for some time so that opened up the seat for newer elected jailers,” Simpson said. “It is time to pass the torch.”
Simpson said Boggs showed promise early in his term, attending board meetings whenever he could.
The appointment to the board is just one year – which Simpson says poses a small problem in an election year. Jailers who do not win reelection will be replaced with sitting jailers who received the next most votes during June's appointment.
“Our first meeting with the new board is later this month,” Simpson said. “We have a very busy year- so R.W. and the other newly-elected board members will have to start out with their nose to the grindstone.”
Simpson said one of the first orders of business is to decide which legislation the KJA will support in the 2015 session.
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