Jailer to hire wife as deputy
by S. Alan Reed
May 10, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jailer Glenn Cunningham explains the need for a female deputy to the Trigg County Fiscal Court.
Jailer Glenn Cunningham explains the need for a female deputy to the Trigg County Fiscal Court.
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Again, Trigg County Fiscal Court was required to address the prisoner transportation issue, this time, at their May 2 session. At issue this time were female prisoners, and the state mandate requiring a female warder to supervise their incarceration and transportation.

Jailer Glenn Cunningham offered a controversial solution to the court, the commission of his wife Linda as a deputy in his charge.

“My wife Linda has made the trip with me (to Hopkinsville) a few times, not as an employee, but just to keep me company. Now I sleep with my phone, should a call come in. When it rings, she wakes up too, and gets up with me. Now we can hire someone else to wake up instead, but if she wakes up too, we could hire her to accompany me to comply with the rules. She would do this only when needed, when we have females to transport,” Cunningham proposed to the court.

County Judge Executive Berlin Moore explained the existing Trigg County statute on nepotism. “We have a rule voted in by the fiscal court, based on a recommendation by a KRS.”

“The ordinance states that a relative cannot be paid at a higher rate than other county employees,” added County Attorney H.B. Quinn, to define what was permitted in the way of hiring practices.

Moore then said, “Also, family members cannot be hired over someone else with equal qualification.”

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