Henderson County Sheriff Ed Brady on Friday announced his retirement after 52 years of serving in law enforcement.
For the last 14 and a half years, Brady has served as sheriff of Henderson County. He's currently serving his fourth term, which will expire at the end of December 2022.
Brady began his career in law enforcement at the young age of 17-years-old in 1969 as a Kentucky State Police dispatcher at the KSP Henderson Post.
As soon as he turned 21 in 1972, Brady entered the KSP Academy for his Trooper training. He would then go on to graduate from the academy in 1973, at which point he was assigned to work in Daviess County, where he remained for two years.
After transferring to Henderson County in 1975, Brady was appointed as the Public Affairs Officer for KSP Post 16 in 1982 and served in that capacity until his retirement from the state police in 1991, when he accepted to position of Chief of Police for the Henderson Police Department.
Brady went on to serve as Police Chief for 15 and a half years until his election as Sheriff of Henderson County. He was sworn in as sheriff in January of 2007 and has been unopposed in his Sheriff's races for three consecutive terms.
Sheriff Brady says his retirement is a bitter-sweet time in his life.
"I will be turning 70 later this month, and June marks 52 years for me," Sheriff Brady said. "It just seems like the right time to go. I love everyone I work with and am surrounded by some of the best law enforcement officers I have ever worked with."
"I still enjoy law enforcement, but everyone has a time and I want a chance to enjoy life after retirement," he said.
As for Sheriff Brady's plans for the future? "Immediate plans call for me to clean up a pole barn and paint a gazebo," Sheriff Brady said. "Really though, a couple of months catching up on projects at home. Then we will see if there are things out there where someone needs me. I can't see me sitting around very long, especially in the winter."
Sheriff Brady has asked Henderson County Judge-Executive Brad Schneider to appoint his Chief Deputy David Crafton to fill the position until the next election in 2022.