Billy “Buck” Meredith has officially announced his intention to run for the office of Grayson County Sheriff.
Meredith, a five-year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office, will be vying for the spot on the Republican ticket during next November’s elections.
A ninth-generation Grayson County resident, Meredith said that when he made the decision to become a police officer, he knew that the GCSO was the right choice for him. “I chose to work here specifically so I could work with people throughout Grayson County,” he said.
Meredith’s wife, Carla Portman Meredith, said that she is excited to support her husband as he runs for office. “I’m supportive 110 percent. I know that Buck’s dedication, his enthusiasm for the department, and the countless hours he already puts in without pay make him an excellent candidate for Sheriff.”
During his career as a deputy, Meredith has worked heavily with the narcotics division, and said that he will continue to put a significant emphasis on cleaning up the county’s drug problem if elected to office.
“I want to continue to work hand-in-hand with other agencies, and specifically the drug task force,” Meredith explained, adding that at least 75 percent of the county’s criminal complaints can be traced in some way back to illegal narcotics.
Meredith said that he also feels it is important for the public to feel comfortable with and have open communication with their sheriff. “If you have a problem, you can come see me personally - as Sheriff, I will always be available. Whether it’s a phone call, at the office, or stopping by my house.”
He said that in his capacity as deputy, “not a week goes by without someone coming by my house to discuss an issue.”
Chief Deputy Tony Willen, a law enforcement officer with 23 years of experience, including seven as the second-in-command at GCSO, said that he backs Meredith’s bid for the position.
“Buck is committed, dedicated and hardworking. He deserves an opportunity to run this office,” Willen said, adding that he is excited about the possibility of continuing to serve as Chief Deputy under Meredith.
Prior to accepting his current position with the GCSO, Meredith worked for the Kentucky Department of Corrections, and has been a small business owner/operator since 2002. He and his wife live in Grayson County with their five-year-old son, Owen.