The sheriff-elect of Pulaski County says organization of his department hopefully will put more deputies on patrol and welcome Kentucky State Police troopers back to the county in greater numbers. He said eliminating drug traffic will be his No. 1 priority.
Greg Speck, retired commander of Kentucky State Police Post 15 at Columbia, revealed some of his plans Thursday during a speech to the Somerset Kiwanis Club.
Speck, who at the May 20 primary election defeated incumbent Sheriff Todd Wood for the GOP nomination, tantamount to election, said: “ ... I believe the vast majority of the current sheriff’s force will stay on the job. I will have an application process and I will talk with each officer individually ... (but) a vast majority of the people there I know ... I expect them to stay.”
“I have pleaded for more state police to be assigned to this county,” said Speck. “I have talked with the Kentucky State Police commissioner (Rodney Brewer) and the commander (Matt Feltner) at Post 11 at London,” he said. Pulaski County is part of Post 11 territory.
Speck recalled that during the 1970s as many as nine state troopers were assigned to Pulaski County. Over the years, troopers were getting fewer and fewer calls in Pulaski County and, because of manpower shortages, one by one they were assigned elsewhere. He indicated a favorable response to his plea from both Brewer and Feltner.
“Laurel County has nine state troopers. Pulaski County has two. I pointed out (during conversations with Brewer and Feltner) that Pulaski County is larger, has more miles of road and a larger population,” Speck pointed out.
According to Speck, the two state troopers who currently work in Pulaski County have no communication with 9-1-1, Speck said he would take a radio from an unused sheriff’s cruiser and give it to a state trooper working here to establish communications.