David Crafton

Sheriff's Department
Title: Sheriff
Phone: 270-826-2713


 David Crafton was born and raised in Henderson County in the community of Cash Creek.  He is married to Sue Gail Wilkerson and they have two daughters:     Jessica and Sarah.  David has dedicated his life to service in law enforcement and as your Sheriff will use his training and experience to keep Henderson County a safe place to live.  

  • Graduate Henderson County High School
  • Associates Degree, Henderson Community College
  • Bachelors Degree, Eastern Kentucky University, Major - Police Administration, Minor – Traffic Safety
  • Kentucky Law Enforcement Council, Bureau of Training Academy, Class 121
  • Kentucky State Police Academy, Class 59
  • Kentucky Institute for International Studies, Spanish Immersion Program, Bowling Green, Ky & Morelia, Mexico
  • FBI National Academy Class 256, Quantico, Virginia

Law Enforcement Experience

Henderson Police Department:

1980-82                   Officer


Kentucky State Police:

1982–84                  Trooper                                 Post 10, Harlan                             

1984–89                  Trooper                                 Post 16, Henderson                                   

1989-97                   Sergeant                              Special Response Team, Frankfort            

1997                        Squad Sergeant                   Post 12, Frankfort                         

1997–99                  Administrative Sergeant       Post 16, Henderson                                              

1999–2004              Investigative Sergeant          Post 16, Henderson                                  

2004–05                  Investigative Lieutenant        Post 3, Bowling Green                               

2005- 08                 Operations Lieutenant           Post 16, Henderson                                  


Henderson County Sheriff’s Office:

2008-21               Chief Deputy

6/21 – Present     Sheriff


KSP Letters of Commendation


Sept. 1989        Hostage situation in Cave City, Ky.

Sept. 1989        Hostage situation at Jackson Co. High School in McKee, Ky.

Mar. 1991          Undercover drug smuggling operation in Hazard, Ky.

Dec. 1991         Specialized training given to ATF agents

Feb. 1992          Hostage situation in Somerset, Ky.

Mar. 1993          SRT presentation to students at Eastern Kentucky University

April 1993          Surveillance detail on drug operation in Owsley Co., Ky.

May 1993          Transport & security detail at murder trial in Clay Co., Ky.

June 1993         Apprehension of suspects during bank robbery attempt in Dry Ridge, Ky.

Sept. 1994        Barricaded subject in Laurel Co., Ky.

Feb. 1995          Court security detail in Lexington, Ky. during grand jury on Lexington Metro Police shooting

June 1995         Barricaded subject in Harlan Co., Ky.

June 1995         Search warrant service on underground marijuana processing operation 

                          in Clinton Co., Ky.

April 1997          Kentucky ROLEX Event

Jan. 2001          Firearms Instruction at Kentucky State Police Academy

Aug. 2002         Drug Trafficking Investigation with FBI

Aug. 2003         Assisting with Trooper Island Camp for Hispanic children


Kentucky Law Enforcement Council Bureau of Training 

  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
  • Outstanding Physical Proficiency Award

Kentucky State Police 

  • Academy Class Salutation
  • Driver’s Training Award
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Commissioner’s Commendation - Special Response Team Service
  • Commissioner’s Commendation - Barricaded subject in Smith’s Grove, Ky.
  • Commissioner’s Award - Hurricane Katrina Detail – New Orleans, La.

Henderson Lions Club

  • Cub of the Year
  • Lion of the Year
  • Melvin Jones Fellow

Tri-County Council of Labor

  • Community Service Award


  • Association of Law Enforcement, EKU, Past Member
  • Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honor Society), Past Member
  • National Tactical Officers Association, Past member
  • Kentucky State Police Professional Association
  • Kentucky State Police Retiree’s Organization 
  • Fraternal Order of Police #9
  • Henderson City Lions Club, Board of Directors, Past President, Past Secretary
  • FBI National Academy Associates
  • Salvation Army Board of Directors







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