McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden retiring at end of June

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — Current McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden will be retiring at the end of June, six months earlier than expected.

Last fall, Hayden announced he would not be seeking a fourth term as the McCracken County Sheriff. Hayden said he wanted to spend more time with his family.

During that announcement, Hayden endorsed Captain Matt Carter to take over the position. Carter is the only person on the ballot seeking the office and is expected to be sworn in as the next McCracken County Sheriff in January 2019.

Hayden had originally planned to retire at the end of his term in December, but is now retiring six months early to help with the transition.

In Kentucky, state audits are mandatory when sheriffs either take or vacate an office. The audits are not free and the costs are passed onto the local county government to pay.

Fiscal years run July 01 through June 30. By leaving before the start of the next fiscal year, the audit will be easier to do and save the county money.

Hayden said he has talked with with Judge Executive Bob Leeper about leaving early to help with the transition and the mandatory audit. He says Leeper has agreed to appoint Carter to fill in the final six months of his four year term.

Hayden joined the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department in 1993 and has been serving as sheriff for the past 12 years. You can read his full resignation/retirement letter below.

NOTE: This story previously said Hayden joined the sheriff’s department in 2003. He actually joined the department in 1993. That information has been corrected in the article. 

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