MUHLENBERG CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Muhlenberg County Sheriff, Ricki Allen, has unexpectedly passed away.
A memorial is growing outside of the Muhlenberg County courthouse in memory of the 52-year-old man.
Kentucky State Police say Allen died Tuesday morning, and no foul play is suspected. The agency is conducting the death investigation. Troopers say he died of a suspected medical issue.
Judge-Executive Curtis McGehee tells 14 News he will consult with the county attorney and state government on the next steps for the office.
Allen has been Sheriff since January 2019.
Each person we talked to in Greenville spoke about Sheriff Allen’s demeanor. 14 News heard several times he often had a smile and a positive personality.
With decades of law enforcement experience, we are learning he made quite the impact in this community, especially with kids in school.
“He was always in the school system, all the kids knew him," said Wilma Chesnel. "They waved at him and he’ll be greatly missed.”
His passing is described as a devastating loss.
“A contagious person, a beautiful person. Smiled a lot. Poured himself into people," said Judge-Executive Curtis McGehee. "He was an investor in people. To me, he was not just an acquaintance, but a real friend. A very close friend. Many times he and I have sat and talked for an hour, maybe two hours, about our jobs or life. We’re going to miss him, this whole community is going to miss him.”
According to his campaign Facebook page, he had nearly 30-years in law enforcement, including time as a Kentucky State Police Trooper where he earned the rank of Major and become a Post Commander.
Before becoming Sheriff, he also worked as a Central City patrolman and school resource officer.
The Muhlenberg County School System shared a tribute on social media about Allen saying, in part, he leaves behind a lasting impression.
Muhlenberg County 911 has posted a blue line with Allen’s badge number.