Trigg County Sheriff Jason Barnes has tendered his resignation for the position that is the county’s top law enforcement job.

Trigg County Judge-Executive Hollis Alexander said he received a letter from Barnes on Wednesday that stated his intentions to resign from his job as the county sheriff.

A resident of Trigg County, Barnes came to the office after defeating incumbent Ray Burnam in the 2018 primary election.

Burnam, a Republican, had served two terms as sheriff.

Alexander said Barnes has always been a law enforcement officer as far as he knows. Before winning election in 2018, Barnes was a police officer with the City of Hopkinsville.

His last day as Trigg sheriff will be Aug. 31, Alexander said.

The judge-executive said Barnes didn’t say in the letter what had prompted his decision to resign, but the Trigg County sheriff’s office is the subject of a criminal misconduct investigation involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kentucky State Police, according to reports from news outlets including WKRN in Nashville and WKDZ in Cadiz.

Alexander said the vacancy left behind with Barnes’ departure will be filled sometime between now and Sept. 1 and possibly on the close of business on Barnes’ last day as sheriff.

He noted that Kentucky Revised Statutes say the judge-executive has the authority to fill the position.

“I feel fairly confident that we will have somebody lined up and in mind to fill that position when Sept. 1 gets here,” Alexander said.

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