Three candidates vie for office of Clark County Sheriff - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Three candidates vie for office of Clark County Sheriff

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Jamey Noel Jamey Noel
Brian Meyer Brian Meyer
Mac Spainhour Mac Spainhour
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The race is on for a new Clark County Sheriff. Three men are hoping to get that spot.

Democrat Brian Meyer is the acting Clark County Sheriff. He was appointed after Sheriff Danny Rodden was indicted for lying to the FBI about a prostitute and then retired.

Now, those ogling to replace Rodden permanently are jockeying for the votes of the voters.

Mac Spainhour was an Indiana Conservation Officer for more than 27 years. He currently teaches Criminal Justice at the Prosser Career Education Center, hoping to help the future generation of law enforcement officers. He wants to implement programs to help inmates with education and reduce the number of repeat offenders. 

"Probably the number one thing is I'm a people person," Spainhour said. "I love people. I like helping people. I know that sounds like a cliche. Really, when you are a public servant and you really take it to heart, you enjoy that part of it."

Republican Jamey Noel is on the campaign trail, talking to local businesses. He has more than 20 years of experience with the Indiana State Police Department and is currently the Assistant Commander of the Sellersburg Post. He's also the Utica Township Fire Chief and is on the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation Board.

"I've got a pretty diverse background in all of emergency services from fire and EMS, extensive training in both of those," said Noel. "But more importantly, in law enforcement, from community policing to undercover. I was an undercover narcotics investigator. I did that for four years."

"I'm the only one that has worked undercover for four years, so I truly understand the drug problem we have in Clark County -- especially, most recently, of heroin and meth and just how dangerous it is," he added. "So, to make sure we're expanding our DARE programs in our schools." 

Meyer, a Democrat, and the acting Clark County Sheriff, was quick to point out his qualifications as well -- and wants the job permanently. He's said he's enforcing a crackdown on contraband in the jail, and showed WDRB's Valerie Chinn a bag he said was full of what was found on Saturday morning.

The bag included "hooch," the word used for the alcohol inmates allegedly tried to make from oranges and other foods. They even used earphones to try to make a cell phone charger.

"I've been here for over 25 years, and during that time, you see a lot of things that happen with the department that you feel like you could really make better and work on get to the point it needs to be after 25 years," Meyer said. "I think it's time that I took that step."

"I've worked my way from the bottom to the top," he added. "I started out as a corrections officer over 25 years ago, making $6 an hour, was jail commander for a time, then I became a patrolman and I went through the rank structure."

The candidates want to regain the public's trust after the Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden stepped down in July. He officially retired earlier this month after getting caught lying to the FBI about an affair with a prostitute.
"I don't have an opinion on it," Meyer said. "I wish him the best. It's a new administration. We have new goals and we've already started that...what we're trying to convey to the public that this department is a good, sound department."

"It's of no surprise that everywhere you go that people talk or they ask about it," Noel said. "It's an unfortunate situation, but that's in the past. I plan on moving forward and serving the Sheriff's Office with integrity and honor."

"What he did apparently is what he did," Spainhour said. "He is paying those consequences. For me, I'm going to be the Mac Spainhour that I was when I was a conservation officer: fair to everybody, open to everybody."

This race has been costly. Spainhour has spent about $30,000, Meyer about $40,000 dollars and Noel $50,000 to $60,000.  

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