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Coy first to throw hat into sheriff’s race

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PRIMARY ELECTION 2018

By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE -- With 54 years of public service in his blood, Larry Coy isn’t ready to retire to the recliner and remote.

Coy has filed paperwork to begin his latest mission — to become the next Bullitt County sheriff.

“It’s time we need to make a change,” said Coy. “You get that public service in your blood and it’s hard to get out.”

Over his career, Coy started by serving 18 years in the U.S. Air Force. That led to a career with the Jefferson County Police, where he retired.

Over the course of the next 14 years, Coy served as a pilot for STAT Flight.

During that same time, Coy served as a special deputy for the Bullitt County sheriff’s office for 15 years.

He served full-time for a year under sheriff Paul Parsley and then four years with sheriff Donnie Tinnell.

Not ready to retire, Coy then went to the Lebanon Junction Police Department, where he served a period of time as chief.

With a full career behind him, Coy said the problem has been that a number of people have wanted him to run for the sheriff’s seat.

“The more we thought about it, the more we felt we should do it,” said Coy. “I think I could make a difference.”

While still more than 15 months away from a Republican primary, Coy said there are a couple of issues which stand out with the public.

First, Coy said the sheriff’s office must be able to work and to communicate with Bullitt Fiscal Court.

Most fiscal court meetings he attends, the sheriff is not there and he sends a member of his staff.

“You need to be able to sit down and talk with those folks,” said Coy.

The other primary issue is the budget.

He said the sheriff should be able to look at the budget and the spending each month.

Many of the people talk about the bailout fiscal court did last year due to a shortfall of funds.

Understanding that the change in financial situation due to the state taking over, Coy said the sheriff should know what the budget situation is at all times.

“The biggest issue people talk about is the budget,” said Coy.

A third issue is the drug situation.

Kenny Hardin would be the chief deputy and he was the former director of the county’s drug task force.

Coy said education is a key in the drug battle and Hardin intends to be in the schools as much as possible to do education programs.

“This is a tough job,” Coy said of the sheriff’s office. “But I just think we can do better.”

With the merit system, Coy said deputies should not fear their jobs. In fact, many of the current deputies were either hired by or worked with Coy.

“The deputies are doing a good job,” said Coy.

The filing deadline will be in late January 2018.

Greenwell announced in June that he would seek a third term. Previously, he said two terms were enough. However, he said last summer that he felt good about the office’s work and that many people had wanted him to seek another four-year term.