THURSDAY, MARCH 29 | LEXINGTON
Kathy Witt | Sheriff | Fayette County Kentucky
Sheriff Kathy H. Witt has devoted thirty-five years to the Lexington KY Criminal Justice Community. Elected as Lexington’s first female Sheriff in 1998, Sheriff Witt currently serves as the only female Sheriff in the Commonwealth. Prior to being elected Sheriff, Ms. Witt held every rank within the Sheriff’s Office. She has devoted a tremendous amount of time and energy into the areas of Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Compliance and has successfully testified before many legislative committees in an effort to strengthen Kentucky’s laws in these areas. She has served on the Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence and Co-Chaired the Training and Professional Development Sub-Committee. Sheriff Witt has chaired the Lexington Domestic Violence Prevention Board, and currently chairs the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Domestic Violence and Crime Victims Services Committee, and was a member of the Mayor’s Commission on Homelessness. Sheriff Witt currently serves on the Fayette County Public School Safety Council; which will be making recommendations to the FCPS Board and Superintendent on how to improve safety in Fayette County Schools.
Sheriff Witt is a twenty-six year member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s CJIS Southern Region Working Group. Additionally, she serves on the Compliance and Evaluation Subcommittee, NICS Subcommittee, UCR Subcommittee and currently chairs the By-Laws Subcommittee. In September 2004, she was elected to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Advisory Policy Board and in December 2014 served out her term as the 1st Vice Chair, the only Sheriff to have ever served in this position.
Sheriff Witt was named to an advisory board at PERF (Police Executive Research Forum) to assist in developing a strategy to train law enforcement across the country on the implementation of the new UCR definition of rape. In March 2014, Sheriff Witt was invited to the White House for a meeting chaired by then Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss ways to prevent sexual assault on college campuses.
There are 3,080 Sheriffs in the United States. Sheriff Witt is one of 40 women who currently hold one of those 3,080 positions!