The Richmond Register

August 8, 2013

Republican announces candidacy in jailer race

By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer

MADISON COUNTY — Republican William Burl Sweat announced Monday he will be seeking election as county jailer next year.

Sweat, a Madison County native and graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, said he has 20 years of experience in corrections. He currently works for the Kentucky Department of Corrections but said he has worked in corrections in an Oklahoma county as well as with a private corrections industry.

Sweat said overcrowding is definitely an issue at the county’s detention center but building a new facility will not be a complete solution to the jail’s problems.

“Of course we need a new facility, but we also need to look at how the facility is run,” Sweat said.

He said new training programs should be started to improve efficiency, and the jail staff needs to be increased. He also said as jailer he would look at the salary ranges of employees at other detention centers in the area to ensure Madison County employees received comparable compensation.

Sweat is the only Republican so far to announce his entrance into the race, although candidates are launching their campaigns for upcoming races earlier than usual. Filing for a race does not open until Nov. 6, and the filing deadline is Jan. 28.

If he remains the only Republican, he will be challenging whoever wins the Democratic nomination. Currently, incumbent Doug Thomas and challenger Steve Tussey are the only Democrats to announce.

Seth Littrell can be reached at slittrell@richmondregister.com or 624-6623.