- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) - A sheriff in southeastern Kentucky won’t be answering as many emergency calls after losing the primary election.

Knox County Chief Deputy Derek Eubanks told media outlets that Sheriff John Pickard wants to focus on closing out cases that are already opened and other work involved in turning the office over to someone new.

“We have to close everything out by the end of the year and we have a lot of open cases, a lot of paperwork, and with the call volume it’s tough to get down time to work on that,” Eubanks said. “It’s hard to close cases when you keep opening cases.”

Eubanks said Kentucky State Police would begin answering more calls that require investigations such as injury accidents and burglaries.

Capt. Phillip Burnett Jr., commander of the state police post that covers Knox County, confirmed that the agency has agreed to cover more cases.

Pickard lost his bid for a fourth term as sheriff on Tuesday to retired Kentucky State Police Trooper Mike Smith.

Eubanks said all calls will still get answered, with the only difference being “are you going to have a white car pull up at your house or a gray car?”

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