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CARROLLTON, Ky. – Clay Cable has served Carrollton and Carroll County in a variety of roles, ranging from school board chairman to firefighter. His newest role? Deputy sheriff.
Cable was sworn in on Wednesday by District Judge Elizabeth Chandler into a job he has “always wanted to do. … Since I left the military, I never really had the opportunity to do so until Sheriff (Jamie) Kinman gave me the opportunity.”
Cable is an Army veteran who served for six years: three years on active duty, one year inactive and two years in the Army Reserves. Originally from Trimble County, he moved to Carroll County when he married his wife, Lisa, 29 years ago in April. They have three children: Jacklyn, Daniel and Casey.
Kinman said he talked to Cable in February or March before the primary election about the possibility of making him a deputy.
“He approached me about the job, and I spoke to some citizens of the community and got good feedback,” Kinman said. “I hope people will put their trust and confidence in Clay, and I think he will do a great job for us.”
Before being hired by the sheriff’s office, Cable worked for Dow Corning for 17 years and most recently was for maintenance superintendent at General Butler State Resort Park. He and his wife are also co-owners of the business Fill-in the Blank.
Cable served on the first ethics board created in Carroll County and on the Carroll County School Board, serving as chairman for two years. He has been a member of the American Legion for 30 years and is a member and past president of the Carrollton Rotary Club. He also served on the Carrollton Board of Adjustments and is a former member of the Carrollton Fire Department.
Cable said his military experience, in particular proper etiquette and professionalism, would help him as a deputy. His experience working with the general public and knowledge of the county are also key factors.
Cable has a slot in the June class for the Department of Criminal Justice Training academy’s 18-week basic training; he is on standby for a position in April, Kinman said. He has one year after being sworn in to complete his training at DOCJT.
Cable has completed two phases of his POPS testing, which includes a physical fitness test, psychological testing, polygraph testing and a drug screening. He also will receive Taser training from the Carrollton Police Department, along with firearms training and be certified in vehicle inspections.
Kinman said Cable is working from 2-10 p.m. and can perform motorist assists, serve civil processes and be a backup for himself and Deputy J.T. Shaw. Cable will not be on duty alone: He will always work with either the sheriff or chief deputy.
Cable said he has high hopes for Carroll County.
“I’d like to see our youth grow up in a drug-free environment,” he said, “I’d like our schools to be a drug-free environment, and I’d like to see all the people in Carroll County have a better quality of life.”
Kristin Sherrard is a staff writer/photographer for The News-Democrat, a sister paper of The Trimble Banner.