Very few of the county’s judiciary actually live in Catlettsburg. Several of the city’s police officers have not been residents of the city, including some building inspectors. How long has it been, and how many can you recall of Catlettsburg residents who have been elected to a “county office.” Why is that? Russ Compton? Mike Neal? Yes, and for good reason. After that,who? Again… why is that? Many have tried, but very few have been chosen.. Perhaps, just perhaps, Ashland and rural Boyd County voters have for many decades (almost 6) rightfully considered Catlettsburg as the bootleggers and gamblers paradise, where honesty in government and respect for, and the enforcement of, the Commonwealth’s statutes were an alien concept…to be shunned at will in favor of a spoils system…whereby the City Administration and the City Council hire their own police chief and officers to enforce whatever laws the council wants enforced… and nothing more. And…,
It needs to be said again and again until it soaks in, “Every city mayor elected or appointed since 1953, and the majority of every city council elected or appointed since 1953, have been ‘bootlegger/gambler friendly,’ unerringly adhering to the pact by the bootleggers and the Gate City Council in 1952, shortly before the wet/dry election where the city voted “booze” out. This cop/council/bootlegger pact has worked for almost sixty years, much to the distress and destruction of the city, its housing (over 60% gone,) its population (over 60% gone,) no business district (no tax base), no shops or much of anything. Except the courts. Ahh, the courts. Fiscal, county and circuit.
Now there is a group really worth blogging about. You see, for any and all between twelve years and eight-five, or more, the mind cannot accept that a city can flaunt the statutes for almost sixty years ( two blocks from the sheriff, the county attorney, the fiscal court , the district court, the circuit court and their detectives, for almost sixty years without each and every one of them having knowledge of it all. Unless, of course, they are all representative a the “blind monkeys.” I must argue against that, for each are learned, educated, experienced and hold offices of respect.
I’m getting a little mouthy, so…more later on enforcement and the judiciary and the part each has played in the destruction of Catlettsburg’s future. And, as for J.J., the newly appointed chief of police…he was taught by Marco, who was taught by etc., etc., and etc. Do not expect anything except a continuance of the same old stuff. The Administration/Council and the bootleggers do not expect less, and they will not be disappointed.
More late on the various “courts” and the role each has played in the destruction and bleak hopes for a viable future for Catlettsburg.