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F.O.P. Lodges vote no confidence against Sheriff

CAMPBELL COUNTY, Ky. (Deb Dixon) -- Two unions made up of officers from across Campbell County approve resolutions saying they have no confidence in their Sheriff, Jeff Kidwell.
The actions come just before a primary election.  Two unions represent all the police agencies in Campbell County.  The Campbell County Sheriff's Office and the Sheriff belong to F.O.P. Lodge 10.

"Thirty four members present, 24 voted for a vote of no-confidence, 6 against," said Sgt. Lisa Hampton, President of F.O.P. Lodge 10.
No confidence in Campbell County Sheriff Jeff Kidwell.  Because of an article that appeared in the Kentucky Law Enforcement Magazine.  It mentions the Sheriff's 18 years of experience in law enforcement.  He was a constable, an elected position that is primarily about serving court papers.  It also says his entire career's been with the Campbell County Sheriff's Office.  Really, its been a year and a half.

Officer Jeff Kohls, President of F.O.P. Lodge 2, said, "If my parents, who are retired working citizens of Campbell County, were to read this article to them it would read that Sheriff Kidwell has all this law enforcement experience and all of it with the Sheriff's Department, he must be the obvious choice."

Sheriff Kidwell said, "I didn't write the article."
Sheriff Kidwell says the magazine wrote it, "How could my entire career be in the Sheriff's Office when I've only been in a year and a half?"

Local 12's Deb Dixon asked, "So you weren't' trying to be something you are not?"

"Of course not, of course not," Kidwell said.

If he knew it was wrong, why did he post it on his Facebook page without correcting it first?  The Campbell County Sheriff has little to do with law enforcement.  It's not really a law enforcement position.  The Sheriff's Office doesn't even patrol.  It's primarily and administrative position.

Kidwell said, "I've saved 750,000 dollars in taxpayer funds.  We've professionalized and modernized and streamlined the office.  I think most people know about that.  I think if you're going to say they have no confidence I would hope it was over something procedural not a silly little listing in a magazine."
Kidwell says even though the F.O.P. apparently doesn't consider his years as a Constable to be real law enforcement, he's been a member of  Lodge 10 since 1985.  The union only accepts full time law enforcement officers.  Kidwell says it's all politics aimed at helping a Democrat win his job in the fall.  The police unions say it's all about integrity.  But it's the voters who will decide.
No law enforcement officers in the Campbell County Sheriff's Office voted no confidence.  Three other candidates did not face votes.  One is a Republican.

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