Kentucky SB30 and the Future of County Constable

Feb 17, 2012

Constables in Kentucky have been around for over 160 years. But however necessary the county-level job may have been in 1850, some lawmakers today believe it's no longer relevant. Others maintain constables free up law enforcement for more pressing work and provide an additional set of eyes and ears for police and sheriff's departments. Now, Senate Bill 30 is under consideration in Frankfort. The measure would allow counties more latitude to decide what constables do. SB 30 began life, however, as a constitutional amendment that would've abolished the office. Todd Hatton spoke with Calloway County Constable Tim Stone to find out more about what he and his colleagues do, how they're funded, and what the future may hold for them if SB 30 becomes law.