Sheriff resigns as KSA president

Ralph B. Davisrdavis@civitasmedia.com

April 23, 2013

Sheriff John K Blackburn, who pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge three weeks ago, has resigned as head of the Kentucky Sheriffs Association.

Blackburn assumed leadership of the statewide sheriffs organization last fall.

KSA executive director Jerry Wagner confirmed Blackburn’s resignation Tuesday, but said the organization had not requested he do so.

“He decided to resign on his own accord,” Wagner said.

Menifee County Sheriff Rodney Coffey, who serves as first vice president of the organization, will fulfill the duties of Blackburn’s office until a new president is elected at the KSA conference in the fall.

Blackburn was arrested March 17 in Powell County, after police received reports of a reckless driver on the Mountain Parkway. After first denying he had been drinking, Blackburn admitted doing so after registering .202 on a breathalyzer.

During his arrest, he told police he was returning from a casino, where he had been drinking earlier in the day. He was arrested while driving his official sheriff’s department vehicle.

On April 3, Blackburn pleaded guilty to DUI and served four days in jail.

Attempts to reach Blackburn for comment were unsuccessful.