Fackler won't do it again in 2010

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Move expected to open up race to more candidates for position of jailer

By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - The man many have referred to as the best modern day politician in Bullitt County won't have to worry about passing out business cards any longer.

Incumbent Danny Fackler won't be running for a fourth term as "your jailer."

Fackler, 58, announced last week that he would withdraw his name from the May 2010 primary. Fellow Democrat Larry Ethington is the only other person who has filed but Paul Watkins has announced plans to run as a Republican candidate.

With the end of his term his year, Fackler will wrap up 29 years with county government.

"It's emotional," Fackler said of the decision to retire. "It's been a blessing to serve the community."

Although he was set to run for a fourth term, Fackler said news at Thanksgiving that his daughter, Karen, would have triplets this spring made him reconsider.

"It was a real life jolt," said Fackler. "I decided it was time to spend more time with the family."

Fackler, who started working as deputy for then-jailer Billy Roy Shepherd and then went to the road department for 13 years, said his decision took a lot of soul searching.

"My desire to be your jailer is still there," said Fackler.

He denied that any health reasons factored into the decision, although he admitted his shoulder and knee gets a little sore at times.

Fackler said that the pressures of being in charge of a jail 24/7 did weigh on his decision, as well as the rigors of going through another election.

"It all weighs in the decision," said Fackler. "There's been a lot more positives than negatives. But there is a time and that's now."

The Democrat is not worried about who is running for his office. He pledged to have a smooth transition with whoever wins in November.

"It's a tough job for whoever comes in here," said Fackler. "There's a lot of responsibility."

He's not getting involved in anyone's campaign at this time and he didn't rule out another run at elected office in the future.

Don't be surprised if you continue to see Fackler shaking hands and passing out cards.

"I will continue to be involved in the community," said Fackler, who will be able to retire with full benefits from the state.

"It has been wonderful serving the people of this county," said Fackler, who was voted the state Jailer of the Year in 2007. "I'm leaving the jail in good shape."