The Leitchfield Police Department’s School Resource Officer Norman Chaffins officially announced his intention to run for Grayson County Sheriff in the 2014 election via Facebook on Monday, October 21.
The decision to run for sheriff has been a long time coming for Chaffins, a lifelong Grayson County resident who retired from the Kentucky State Police on August 1 of this year.
“I’ve been talking about it with my wife for about four years,” he said. “But the final decision was made three or four weeks ago.”
Chaffins said he ultimately decided to run for Grayson County Sheriff following several discussions with his wife, Lauren, and much prayer.
“This is a decision that [my wife and I] made,” he said. “She said, ‘If you want to do that, I’m behind you 100%.’”
Chaffins said he also chose to run based on his credentials.
Having served four years of active duty in the military and 19 years as a Kentucky State Police officer, as well as having held supervising positions in both of those organizations, Chaffins said he feels he can bring a high level of experience to the office of Grayson County Sheriff.
Chaffins said the working relationship he built with FBI and Secret Services contacts during his time as a KSP detective would benefit him as sheriff, as well.
“When you have multiple agencies working together, it is always better,” he said.
Chaffins has made three principles the guiding philosophy for his campaign, as well as his term as sheriff, if he wins.
“I can’t promise new jobs, but I can promise to lead with a level of honesty, integrity, and professionalism,” Chaffins said. “…I don’t want to just be Grayson County Sheriff. I want to be the best sheriff we’ve ever had.”
Since he announced his intention to run, Chaffins said he has received an outpouring of positive support.
“95% of the support that I’ve been given has been positive,” he said. “I realize that I am the underdog, so any support that I get will be greatly appreciated.”
Whether he wins or loses, however, Chaffins said, “I will hold my head up high because I will have led an honest campaign.”
Chaffins said he hopes to set up a “Norman Chaffins for Grayson County Sheriff” Facebook page soon. The page will feature updates on campaign activities, as well as provide individuals the opportunity to share their comments.
Chaffins is a graduate of Grayson County High School and Western Kentucky University and currently lives in Leitchfield with his wife, Lauren, and four children.