Incumbent sheriff faces challenge by mayor

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2010 campaign: LaRue County sheriff

By Linda Ireland

Incumbent Sheriff Bobby Shoffner is facing a challenge for the office from Hodgenville Mayor Terry L. Cruse.


The winner of the Democratic primary on May 18 will face Republican challenger Jack R. Smith in November.

Shoffner, 51, was elected sheriff in 2002 after serving as deputy for 10 years. He has been in law enforcement 24 years including a five-year stint with Hodgenville City Police.

He was re-elected in 2006, defeating Cruse in the Democratic May primary by 700 votes (1,179 to 1,877).

He is a graduate of LaRue County High School, Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Police Academy and Excelled Firearms Instructor Training, Federal Bureau of Investi-gation, FBI Academy, Quantico, Va.

He has been married to Tammy Bale Shoffner for 34 years and they have two children.


Cruse, 52, is in his third year of his first term as mayor.

He served as chief deputy under former sheriff Merle Edlin 10 years and was general manager at Windows and Doors Galore eight years. He is a member of Hodgenville United Methodist Church.

He is a 1976 graduate of LaRue County High School; 1987 graduate of Kentucky Sheriff’s Academy at Western Kentucky University; 1990 graduate of Police Academy at Eastern Ken-tucky Univers-ity; and 2005 graduate of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, associates degree.

He has attended numerous inservice training programs ranging from crime scene investigation to drug enforcement operations.

He has been married 29 years to Cindy Hall Cruse. They have one son.

The incumbent sheriff’s salary is $76,104.35; however, a newly elected official may not be paid that much.

The salary is set by the legislature and is based on years of service and population of the county.