Lynch City Police Officer Jackie Stewart has been with the department for just a few weeks, but he’s been working in law enforcement for over a decade.
“I’m an outgoing person,” Stewart said when asked what policing means to him. “I love helping the community, enjoy protecting and serving the area and county in which I live and call home. I want the communities safer.”
Stewart, 39, is a graduate of Hazard High School and the Department of Criminal Justice Police Academy at Eastern Kentucky University.
Stewart says he has been involved in too many cases to pick a most memorable one, however one particular domestic call he assisted a state trooper on turned out to be more than he expected in one instance.
He worked from 1994-2001 with the Perry County Sheriff’s Office before leaving law enforcement for a period of time and returning to the Lynch Police Department in 2007-08 spending a year with them. From there he went to the Paintsville Police Department working three and a half years with that agency. He completed a one-year stint with the Cumberland Police Department before rejoining the Lynch City Police Department again in August.
“I like to ride motorcycles on my off time,” says Stewart. “I also enjoy spending time with my family.”
Stewart is a big fan of outdoor activities such as camping, fishing and hiking.
Stewart lives in Cumberland with his wife. He has three sons.
“I am very thankful to Mayor John Adams and Lynch City Police Officer John Brown for giving me the opportunity to protect and serve the community,” said Stewart.
Adams praised Stewart’s work.
“He has extensive experience having previously worked with the cities of Lynch and Cumberland as well as the Paintsville Drug Task Force,” said Adams. “He is familiar with the area, being a Harlan County native and resident. He has all his training and we are happy to have him as part of our police department.”
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