Henderson Co. Sheriff Ed Brady announces his retirement after 52 years in law enforcement

Henderson Co. Sheriff Ed Brady announces his retirement after 52 years in law enforcement
Published: Jun. 11, 2021 at 8:56 AM CDT
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HENDERSON CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Henderson County Sheriff Ed Brady announced his retirement Friday morning after more than 14 years as sheriff and a total of 52 years in law enforcement.

Sheriff Brady’s retirement will start at midnight on June 30.

His retirement will end his fourth term early, which was set to expire at the end of December in 2022.

According to a press release, Brady began his career in law enforcement when he was 17 years old, back in 1969 as a Kentucky State Police dispatcher at the Henderson State Police Post.

When he turned 21, the sheriff’s office says he entered the Kentucky State Police Academy. After graduating, he went to work in Daviess County for two years.

In January 1975, Brady transferred to Henderson County and was appointed as the public affairs officer for Post 16 in 1982.

He held that position until he left the State Police in June 1991 when he accepted the role of chief of police for the Henderson Police Department.

Brady served as police chief for 15 and a half years before he was elected sheriff of Henderson County.

He was sworn in as sheriff in 2007.

In a press release, Sheriff Brady said retirement is a bitter-sweet time in his life.

“I will be turning 70 later this month, and June marks 52 years for me - it just seems like the right time to go,” Sheriff Brady said. “I love everyone I work with and am surrounded by some of the best law enforcement officers I have ever worked with. I still enjoy law enforcement. But everyone has a time, and I want a chance to enjoy life after retirement. The thought of retirement does make me nervous, but I would be nervous about retirement if I had done it five years ago or five years from now.”

Sheriff Brady has asked Judge-Executive Brad Schneider to appoint his Chief Deputy David Crafton to fill the position until the next election in 2022.

“Bittersweet,” Brady said. “You look forward to retirement but I really enjoy law enforcement. This is all I’ve ever known, so it’s going to be hard to walk out the door.”

Sheriff Brady fondly looks back on his years serving Kentucky.

“Anytime you can help people it’s rewarding,” Brady said. “You feel like you’re doing something important. There have been some bad days in law enforcement, there always are. There’s been some tragedies I’ve been exposed to in my work that nobody has to deal with and process.”

“I love this community, I love the people in it,” Brady continued. “I’m going to miss serving in the sheriff’s capacity, and maybe in a few months I’ll find something else I’m interested in doing and help out a little bit here and there, but this is a terrific community, and the Tri-State is just a wonderful place to live and work.”

Brady said he is looking forwards to catching up on some home projects when he retires.

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