Ex-sheriff back behind the badge
County commissioners on Monday unanimously appointed former Sheriff Charlie West to the Precinct 2 Constable vacancy created by the resignation of Heith Kemper.
West was Milam sheriff for 13 years and was a deputy for 18 years prior to accepting the sheriff position.
He passed up a re-election bid in 2008 and retired.
Since “retiring” West has had knee and back surgeries but told The Reporter he’s ready to go.
“I feel great,” he said. “I’ve had a job taking care of some parks and this (constable) job came open. I was ready to get back into law enforcement so I submitted my name.”
West’s appointment becomes effective as soon as his bond is approved. “I expect to be sworn in, probably later this week,” he said.
Commissioners also accepted Kemper’s resignation during the meeting, He had cited “personal reasons.”
PARTIAL TERM—West will serve out the remainder of Kemper’s term, which expires in 2012.
“This will give me a year and a half in this job,” West said. “That will help me make up my mind whether I run for reelection or not.”
“ The best thing is not hav ing any employees working under me,” he said. “The sheriff’s job is very stressful.”
West was appointed a deputy sheriff on Jan. 1, 1977, the first day on the job for new sheriff Leroy Broadus. West was named sheriff April 19, 1995 following Broadus’ death.
“I sure missed working with the people in Milam County and this will let me get back to doing that,” he said.