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by LORRIE KINKADE
The resignations of two deputies will lead to a reorganization of the Trimble County Sheriff’s office.
Sheriff Tim Coons last week announced the upcoming departures of Chief Deputy Willie Herald and part-time deputy Shane Mosley. Both will turn in their badges Friday, Nov. 14.
“Both of these men have been a tremendous asset to the department and will be sadly missed,” Coons said.
Willie Herald joined the department shortly after Coons took office in 2002. With nearly 20 years law enforcement experience, he quickly fell into his role as the sheriff’s right-hand man.
“When I campaigned for my first term, I said I would be heavily involved in drug eradication. That meant I was in the field a lot,” Coons said. “Willie had so much experience in every aspect of law enforcement that I knew he would be capable of handling any situation that arose in the office. When I was in the field, I never had to worry because I had confidence in Willie’s abilities.”
With a background that included 18 years with the Kentucky State Police and tenure as a police academy instructor, Herald’s duties at the Trimble County office have included ensuring the sheriff’s staff completed mandatory training, investigating criminal cases, working traffic accidents and serving warrants. Additionally, he has assisted with tax collection and any other task that needed attention.
“I’ve done a little bit of everything here, but I’m ready for a change.” Herald said during an interview last week. “I came here because I was ready for a change, but now it’s time to do something different.”
Herald will be leaving Trimble County next month to accept a job within the private sector, however he hopes to remain a familiar face in the community.
“I’ve been here for six years and I’m going to miss working with everybody. We spend time together outside of here; we’ve taken vacations together. Of course, I’ll be back to visit,” he said.
“There’s nothing Willie couldn’t do in this office,” Coons said. “But we’ve got a great officer ready to pick up where Willie leaves off.”
That officer is Dale Ralston, a retired KSP trooper who has worked as a court officer in Trimble County for the last three months.
“Dale has a great reputation and has proved himself to be a quality lawman,” Coons said. “He will be able to step in and get right to work on whatever we need him to do.”
Shane Mosley will trade his TCSO badge for the opportunity to become a full-time officer with the Oldham County Police Department.
A native of Trimble County, Mosley said the change is bittersweet, as he will miss the team he has been a part of for the last six years. However he relishes the prospect of working full-time for the larger department.
“My goal was to get my foot in the door. Before I started here, I told Tim [Coons] that I eventually wanted to go to Oldham County or KSP. We had agreement that I would stay a certain amount of time and he would give me the start in law enforcement I needed. I will always be grateful to him for giving me that chance,” Mosley said earlier this week after donning his uniform for what could be the final time.
Shane Mosley first approached Coons about joining the department while the sheriff was still campaigning for office.
“Shane came to me and said he had always wanted a career in law enforcement. He asked if I would give him a chance, if I got elected. So when it was time for me to take over the office, we talked about it some more and I saw this was a young man with a real passion to be in law enforcement,” Coons said.
Before he could wear the badge of a Trimble County sheriff’s deputy, it was mandatory Mosley complete 16 weeks training at the police academy in Richmond, Ky. Because he was already employed full-time at Gallatin Steel in Gallatin County, he was required to alter his regular work schedule and use vacation time to complete the five-day per week education.
“That was the dedication Shane Mosley had to be in law enforcement. He would work at Gallatin [Steel] Saturday and Sunday and return to Richmond Sunday night to be ready for Monday thru Friday classes,” Coons said.
After completing the academy, Mosley has worked primarily nights and weekends for the sheriff’s office. Among his duties, he has investigated complaints, worked traffic accidents and served warrants. He was also involved in training Deputy Brian Deaton following his hiring two years ago.
“Shane is one of the fastest training recruits I’ve ever seen. He absorbs everything he learns about doing this job and can pass that along to other new officers. He’s still young, but as the years go on, he will get more seasoned and become a great lawman,” Coons said.
Coons said the department’s remaining officers will pitch in to provide additional night and weekend coverage until a new officer can be hired after the office’s budget is finalized the first of the year.
A farewell reception for both deputies will be held Friday, Nov. 14 from 4-7 p.m. at the Milton Lion’s Club on Hwy. 421 North. The public is welcome.