Kahle Morris Jr., 51, Beeker Rd. Pembroke — Democrat
How long have you lived in the community?
I am a lifelong resident of Christian County.
What organizations are you involved with, including how long and roles?
I am a former member of the CCHS Site Based Decision Making Council, Western Kentucky State Fair Board and Hopkinsville Renaissance Committee.
I served as an active member and Deacon at First Baptist Church and I am a current member of New Work Fellowship where I co-lead a small group with my wife, Karen.
Tell us about your professional experience.
While employed by the Christian County Sheriff's Department I achieved the rank of Detective Sergeant. Currently I am a Special Deputy (Reserve Officer) and have been a sworn law enforcement officer in Kentucky for over 28 years, serving in both capacities.
I have been a local business owner for over 20 years. I have owned and operated several business's here in Hopkinsville and Christian County with annual gross receipts exceeding 20 plus million dollars. I am a person who leads by example and I am open to new and better ideas.
Tell us about your education.
After graduating from Hopkinsville High School in 1985, I received a degree in Applied Sciences with an emphasis in Law Enforcement from Hopkinsville Community College. I then went on to graduate from the Department of Criminal Justice Training at Eastern Kentucky University and was then certified to serve as a Law Enforcement Officer in the state of Kentucky.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishments?
Family is the foundation of our world and God is it's cornerstone. A strong sense of commitment to raising those that have been entrusted to us is imperative to the success of every community. My wife and I are very proud of our two girls, they never cease to amaze us with their kindness and willingness to help others and I consider them our greatest accomplishment.
What are the two biggest problems facing the community/county?
As a community, state, and nation, we face generational problems, the result of Godless, fatherless, and motherless homes, encompassing all social and economic divides. We live in a world with an inward focus, where the result is a lack of respect, accountability, and responsibility.
Additionally, we live in a world where self-medication is a solution for problems. Substance abuse touches all lives and should become a main focus, as this issue drives crime. Substance abuse is a disease that stops at nothing to achieve its objective. As a society we must look for solutions to these problems that have become an epidemic.
What are your biggest campaign issues/goals?
I offer business and law enforcement experience to the office of sheriff. Not only have I served as the enforcer, I have been a victim and a private citizen. I have a unique awareness of issues from all sides. Sheriff's duties go beyond law enforcement and are largely administrative. He has election duties and is responsible for service of court process and security. Additionally, he is responsible for vehicle inspections and he is the property tax collector for the county.
In 2015, the Sheriff collected over 28 million dollars in taxes and managed a budget of $3.5 million.
To fulfill the obligations of this office, your Sheriff must possess a combined set of skills and experiences. I believe the establishment of an educational department within the Juvenile Division of the Sheriff's Department would serve as a resource to the school and court system. I will also develop mentoring and educational programs to be utilized community-wide.
Why should someone vote for you?
I am Kahle Morris Jr. and I have both the law enforcement and business experience needed to fulfill the duties a Sheriff in the State of Kentucky should possess. I have led people both in law enforcement and in the business world. I have prepared budgets and managed annual gross receipts in excess of 20 plus million dollars. I have experience managing vehicle fleets, facility's and businesses. I approach every situation with compassion and understanding, and with the realization that all choices have consequences.
Because of my loyalty to law enforcement, I am fully committed to making the Christian County Sheriff's Department a success. I always seek to find the best in people, and I, Kahle Morris Jr., am asking for your vote on May 22.