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Daviess Co. Sheriff announces retirement following 24 years of service

Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 3:14 PM CDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Daviess County Sheriff Keith Cain announced Thursday he will be retiring later this year after more than two decades of service.

“It’s so often quoted that it has become a cliché,” Sheriff Cain said. “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life. I’m here to tell you folks that truer words have never been spoken.”

Sheriff Cain previously announced he would not seek re-election in 2022.

His final day in office is set for Dec. 1.

Cain says part of the reason he is ending his term early is to make up for lost time with his family.

“I’ve had the distinct pleasure for 48 years of investing my life’s work into the betterment of the community where I was born, where I was raised and that I love.” Sheriff Cain said. “There is nothing more rewarding or satisfying than to have served to folks of this great community.

“I’m so very grateful for each and every one of you for your trust, your support and your kindness during six terms in office.”

Cain has spent over four decades with the sheriff’s office, starting in 1974.

When Cain’s retirement becomes official, Major Barry Smith will assume the responsibilities of sheriff.

In accordance with Kentucky law, Judge-Executive Al Mattingly was charged with appointing Smith as sheriff until the next election.

“Obviously, Sheriff Cain’s service for almost 48 years needs to be the highlight for today,” Major Smith said. “With the appointment coming up from Judge Mattingly, I’m excited about that. I’ve been with the office 27 years, and I’m looking forward to that and I appreciate their confidence in me.”

Smith has served as chief deputy to Cain for the last five years.

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