Jerry “Peanuts” Gaines
Warren County Sheriff Jerry “Peanuts” Gaines was sworn in Nov. 21, 2013 as president of the Kentucky Association of Counties at its 39th Annual Conference and Exposition.
Gaines serves on the KACo Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and is the chairman of the KACo Legislative Committee. He is also a member of the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Association and the National Sheriffs’ Association.
Gaines is the longest serving sheriff in Warren County's history. Prior to being elected sheriff in 1978, he served in the United States Army, was a Warren County magistrate, acted as interim Warren County jailer, and owned and managed a masonry company.
Gaines has earned several law enforcement honors. He was recognized as the 2010 National Sheriff’s Association’s “Sheriff of the Year,” as well as the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association’s “Sheriff of the Year.” He has fulfilled five terms as KSA President, received the 2006 Buford Pusser “Officer of the Year for Outstanding Law Enforcement Service,” and the U.S. Marshall’s Service “Samuel McDowell, Jr. Award,” another first for a Kentucky sheriff.
In addition to his distinguished law enforcement credentials, Gaines has been instrumental in the national Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, the “REACH for Your Dreams” anti-drug and anti-violence program, “Operation Check It Out,” the Triad program and the Senior Crime College.
He is a member of the American Legion, the Fraternal Order of Police, Smiths Grove Lions Club, the Masonic Lodge and Shriners, Elks and Moose Lodge, National Association of Counties, and a chairman to NSA Rights to Employee Benefits.
The other enduring commitment in his life is his wife, Marilyn, and six children and seven grandchildren.
Gaines is committed to his native Warren County and to the 120 counties in this Commonwealth. He noted, “Serving as KACo President is an unsurpassed honor - and a trust. I am dedicated to the preservation of your trust.”