Johnson County Sheriff

Our Staff



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 Johnson County Sheriff's Office Officers


Office Staff 

Office Personnel

Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey



Kevin R. Pelphrey is our Chief Deputy, he graduated from the Department of Criminal Justice in Richmond, KY in 1991, his law enforcement experience includes being a Deputy for Former Sheriff Gene Cyrus from 1988-1990, Paintsville City Police Officer from 1990-1994, Kentucky State Police from 1994-2010, Chief Deputy Pelphrey retired from the Kentucky State Police and joined our staff in April 2011. 






Deputy Richard Salyer

Richard Salyer worked part time for the Johnson County Sheriff’s office in 1984. He started working for the Paintsville Police Department in 1986 and graduated from the police academy at Richmond on May 8, 1987.  In 1988 he went to work for the Kentucky Water Patrol which merged with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1998. He was a Sergeant in the US Army and a Lieutenant with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.  His time with law enforcement agencies totals near seventeen years.   Due to illness he had to retire from the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife in 2000.  He overcame his cancer in 2010 and started working part time again for the Johnson County Sheriff’s office in 2011.  Richard became an ordained minister on September 16, 1972 and has pastored the Whitehouse Community Church for the past ten years.



Deputy Scott HazletteDeputy Scott Hazlette


Deputy Terry Tussey










Deputy Terry Tussey











Deputy Tim Clark




Special Deputy Chris BlairSpecial Deputy Chris Blair


Byron FairchildDeputy Byron Fairchild


Bill Meade Deputy Bill Meade



Finance Officer Josie Bailey

Josie Wireman Bailey is our General Manager/Finance Officer.  She is from Magoffin County and has worked in County Government since 1986.  She started her career under her brother, Former Sheriff and the late Chalmer Wireman and worked for Former Sheriffs the late Pat Montgomery and Randall “Bob” Jordan.  She also worked 3 years for former Magoffin County Clerk, H.B. Arnett.  She attended BSCTC where she received an Associates Degree in Business Management with Accounting.  Josie is married to Joe Dale Bailey and they have one daughter, Sheena and one son, Nigel.



Administrative Specialist Cindy Gullett







Administrative Specialist Cindy Gullett