In an interview with The Cadiz Record, Stroud recalled what exactly inspired him to first run for office.
“I thought some of the young people in the community needed to step up to the plate,” he said.
As it happens, one of his accomplishments from the past eight years of which he’s most proud was for some of the youngest people in Trigg County.
“Myself, single-handedly, had the crosswalk put in front of the library for the safety of our children,” he said.
Because Main Street is a state road, it was not an issue to be tackled by Fiscal Court. The Department of Transportation, however, wouldn’t act on Stroud’s request (which came at the behest of a District One resident), until he solicited the support of then State Senator Bob Jackson.
Stroud has enjoyed being in a position to help the county in which he was born, though it can take an emotional toll.
“Every morning when my feet hit the floor, someone’s upset with me,” he said. Stroud is alright with that — though it has taken some time.
Stroud said the debate over the consolidation of the Cadiz and Lake Barkley Water utilities (February 2005) contributed to what he called “a nervous breakdown.”
“But my skin has gotten thicker since then,” he said.
That thick-skin has been necessary, as the court has recently dealt with some high-profile issues.
Of the vote to close the Trigg County Jail, Stroud said, “That was one of the toughest calls I’ve ever had to make.” The rub, Stroud said, was that “once we closed it, we can’t open it back up.”
Stroud said the fiscal court will continue to deal with several important issues in the near-term, such as continuing to work with the County Project Development Board as the new justice center is completed, which will also necessitate the relocation of county dispatch and the Sheriff’s Office.
For the rest of this story, please see this week's edition of The Cadiz Record.