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LEBANON JUNCTION - With two different perspectives, Kenny Waters believes he can improve the Bullitt County Detention Center.
Waters is a Democratic candidate for the jailer's position.
From a background in police work and in corrections, Waters said he has the unique viewpoint of both perspectives.
"I have the experience both in law enforcement and in the jail," said Waters, 40. "I have a unique experience that no one else has."
The native Bullitt Countian has been a long-time servant to the community starting at the age of 17 when he joined the volunteer fire department.
Before coming to the Shepherdsville Police Department in 2008, Waters served as a deputy with the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department, a senior patrolman and narcotics detective for the Mayfield Police Department, an officer with the Pioneer Village Police Department and an officer with the Lebanon Junction Police Department.
He also served 10 years with the Bullitt County EMS and three years with the Jefferson County Corrections.
Waters said he would strive to improve communications between the jail and Bullitt Fiscal Court. He said there are things the deputies deserve, such as hazardous duty retirement, that he would fight for.
He is also sure that training efforts need to be improved. As a training officer, Waters said all deputies would receive the mandatory training.
The communication between the jailer and the staff must improve.
And the staff needs to treat inmates like human beings with meahs respect.
Waters believes the goals are attainable at the jail. He isn't ready to make promises because he must first look at the situation and determine if anything needed to be changed.
"I want to help the community," said Waters. "I think I could do that as jailer."