SHEPHERDSVILLE - When incumbent jailer Danny Fackler decided he would retire at year’s end and not run for re-election, some candidates saw it as an opportunity.
Doug Walls was one of those candidates.
Although he was considering a run for the office of sheriff, Walls said he had many calls encouraging him to re-think his position.
And he did.
Walls, 51, said his goal all along was to serve the community and the jailer’s position is an important one in the county.
“I gave it a lot of thought,” said the native of Bullitt County. “I talked to my supporters and they felt this was a golden opportunity.”
With seven years as constable and three years as a special deputy with the sheriff’s department, Walls feels the law enforcement background is very important as jailer.
Also, as construction superintendent, Walls said he has had experience supervising employees and making sure a job was completed on time and in budget.
As jailer, Walls said the detention facility must properly secure inmates but it must also be run in a fiscally sound manner. The taxpayers are bearing the burden for much of the facility’s expenses.
He would like to pursue more state and federal inmates to help generate revenue.
He would also like to study the wages of the employees to make sure they are paid fair and competitive rates.
Training of the staff would be a top priority and Walls believes much of that could continue to be done in-house.
While being a people person, Walls said he would have big expectations of his staff and of himself.
Another part of being jailer is to maintain relationships between all county agencies, including fiscal court. Without support of fiscal court, Walls said there is no way the jail can progress.
The cleanup projects done by inmates would continue and Walls wants to expand the current program.
When talking to people, Walls said he stresses his desire to serve the community.
“I have a whole lot to offer the community,” said Walls. “I’d like to prove to the county that I can be a good jailer and a good steward for the county.
Currently, the only other candidate to file is Larry Ethington, also a Democrat.