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Letter to the Editor

A privilege to serve with John Coyle

Editor, The Sun:

Dealing with a disaster of some kind must be one of many points during the decision process for an individual taking on a leadership role in the community. John Coyle lead the county through five Presidentially Declared Disasters and countless other incidents during his three terms as Woodford County’s chief elected official. The community recovered well because of his determination to keep the people’s interest as a primary objective.

As Sheriff, he patrolled Millville over a long weekend following a significant flood (not included in the above statistic) to dissuade looting and fend off sightseers amongst the residents trying to take inventory of what remained. John would never tell you about the humidity or mosquitoes – he was there for the people.

Following the wreck of a tanker hauling distilled spirits, he proclaimed possession of the necessary buckets and jugs to assist with the “cleanup efforts” along McCracken Pike. The load was contaminated and sent to an ethanol fuel facility for disposal. John always had a knack for lightening the mood with timely humor.

At the conclusion of a homeland security event in Louisville, he’d made plans for the group from Woodford County to gather for a meal. Several in attendance were committed to helping break down equipment before the day ended and this began to jeopardize our dinner reservation. John packed several trips down the freight elevator to the parking garage. We were on time for dinner and he paid up the tab, best I recall, while grumbling about the work he’d done to make sure we didn’t lose the table.

The single attribute I will miss the most was his accessibility. John kept a busy schedule but we never had to take a number or make an appointment. He was always available, whether it required a quick trip into his second-floor office or a leisurely drive south on KY 33 to his residence.

Those disasters aren’t what defined his time in office – it was that same steadfast approach to governing that he used on a daily basis. It was a privilege to serve with him.

Drew Chandler

Woodford County Emergency

Management Director

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