Goodson Sworn as Sheriff, Named Democratic Nominee
By Bill Hughes
HICKMAN - In the wake of the death of Fulton County Sheriff Robby Woods, an interim sheriff has been sworn in, and the same man is the new Democratic candidate for the office in the November election.

Derek Goodson, who was chief deputy under Woods, was named as sheriff by County Judge-Executive Jim Martin and sworn in by Circuit Judge Tim Langford on Saturday evening. Woods' funeral was earlier that day.

Goodson confirmed to West Kentucky Star that Chairman Brad Wiley of the Fulton County Democratic Party has named him as the nominee for the November sheriff's race. 

State law allows the party to choose a replacement nominee in the event of a candidate vacancy. Since there was not another party represented in the general election, state law also allows any other party to name an nominee. So far, West Kentucky Star has not learned of any other parties naming a candidate, but in January, Douglas Akers filed to run as an independent, so he will be on the ballot. 

Write-in candidates can file to run anytime before October 26. 

Goodson said the agency has started a new Facebook page (see link below). He said a former employee had set up the previous page and current staff could not gain proper administrative access, so they elected to create a new page.

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Published 12:42 PM, Monday Jul. 09, 2018
Updated 11:31 AM, Tuesday Jul. 10, 2018

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