I feel compelled to write this letter in support of Bobby Shoffner and his campaign for re-election of sheriff. I cannot say enough good things about Sheriff Shoffner and his deputies. Since 2005 until this past year, I worked for this county in the capacity of a social worker. During that time, one of my job duties was to perform investigations of allegations of child abuse and neglect. Any time the allegations were in the area of the county, I was always free to call any deputy working during that time. I assisted in investigating drug allegations involving children with the sheriff’s department and can tell you without a doubt, they were very cautious of my safety as a social worker as well as the safety of the children in question.
You can imagine my shock when, one night, I needed assistance from a city officer and while the city officer was more than willing to assist me; he was told that he was not able to due to overage of hours and budget constraints. However, I was able to obtain assistance from the sheriff’s department even though it was a city incident. When investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect, the worker never knows what he or she may be walking into. There may be weapons, drugs or violence. Thankfully, I didn’t have to face these types of situations alone.
Although the law states that social worker and law enforcement must investigate allegations of child sexual abuse jointly, I wasn’t getting support from the head of our city government due to “budget constraints” and wasn’t going to be provided an officer to investigate these reports according to the statute.
I no longer work for Cabinet for Health and Family Services, however, I am still a voter and resident of LaRue County and I feel very comfortable knowing that our current Sheriff’s Department is extremely capable of protecting the law abiding citizens and children of LaRue County.
When considering the upcoming election, I must wonder how some of these concerns will be dealt with if the opposing candidate, Terry Cruse were to be elected sheriff. I already was given “budget constraints” as the answer to why the law wasn’t followed correctly in his current office. I am very troubled to think of this being the excuse for shortcomings he may have as sheriff.
Keep the aforementioned thoughts in mind when considering who you may vote for as sheriff in the upcoming election in LaRue County.