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McCormick yet to decide if he will challenge Young-Burkhead winner

By Ben Carlson

The winner of the May 18 Democratic primary election for sheriff could face yet another challenge in November.

Jeff McCormick, 48, of 568 South Main St., Lawrenceburg, has filed his notice of intent to run as an independent candidate for sheriff.

McCormick, who served with the state’s Fish and Wildlife Division before accepting law enforcement assignments overseas with the federal government, said he has yet to make up his mind if he will actually run.

“I’ll make my decision between now and August,” McCormick said Monday morning.

To become an official candidate, McCormick needs to collect 100 signatures from registered voters and have them turned in by Aug. 10.

“There has been a lot of interest from people in me running,” he said. “I’ve always thought about it.”

Asked what factors he will weigh in making his decision, McCormick said his top concern is what’s best for his family.

He said it makes no difference who wins the upcoming primary between incumbent Sheriff Troy Young and challenger Rex Burkhead.

“It will have nothing to do with that,” he said. “Both of them are friends of mine.”

McCormick said his law enforcement experience includes 16 1/2 years he spent with Fish and Wildlife, during which time he achieved the rank of captain in the Louisville area.

McCormick said he served on the division’s marijuana task from 1987 to 1994 and attended specialized schools for criminal intelligence.

He was recruited in 1999 by the federal government and was sent to Kosovo the following year as part of the State Department’s international police task force. While there McCormick said his unit investigated all major criminal activities, including bombings, acts of terrorism and slavery.

“They would kidnap women from eastern Europe and force them into prostitution,” he said.

He returned home in 2001 and was sent to Qatar in 2002 as part of the Department of Defense’s troop build up leading up to the war in Iraq where, in 2004, he was assigned to the First Calvary Division as a police adviser.

“I had four Iraqi police stations in Baghdad and one in Taji,” he said. “We started from ground zero with the national police to build them up and secure their own communities.”

McCormick said each police station averaged 100 officers and that his function was to oversee everything they did.

“I did patrols with them and criminal investigations,” he said. “In doing so, I was still able to gather information for the war on terror.”

After returning home, McCormick said he was sent to New Orleans to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

McCormick said he is now assistant security manager at Shadwell Farms in Lexington.

E-mail Ben Carlson at bcarlson@theandersonnews.com.