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LEBANON JUNCTION - When Charlie Wright became constable of the Fourth District nearly 12 years ago, the job was redefined in Bullitt County.
Constables worked together and decided that it was time to be a little more professional. They got uniforms and had their vehicles marked.
Still enjoying the job, Wright is seeking his fourth term as constable.
“I enjoy helping people,” said Wright.
In his role, Wright said he does run a lot of radar in the district. And he writes some citations. His goal is to keep the roads safe.
Many times, Wright said he will sit along busy roads, which as Highway 245, as a deterrent only to speeders.
He will assist other police agencies, fire departments and EMS when the need arises at the scene of emergencies.
But Wright said he most enjoys taking inmates out to clean up the roadways and other parts of the county.
Thanks to state litter abatement funds, Wright said the inmates can do the clean-up duties and there is no cost to the county.
In the past year, Wright estimated he was out with inmates over 160 days.
Besides the roadways, the inmates help to clean up after festivals and fairs in the county.
Keeping the county clean and safe is important, said Wright, 68.
Over the past 12 years, he has earned several recognitions but his favorite came in 2000 when he was presented the Governor’s Award for making 52 DUI arrests.
Along with making the constable’s position more visible, Wright said there has been an opportunity to make money on top of the monthly fee of just over $200 from the county. Off-duty work has become popular with constables and police officers but Wright said a majority of his off-duty work comes during the night.
In talking with the voters, Wright said his experience in the job, which includes weapons training and radar certification, is a key in the race.
“I’m the most experienced,” said Wright. “Age doesn’t have anything to do with it. It’s the experience on the job.”