The McCracken County Sheriff is an elected official who serves in four-year terms. There is no limit to the number of terms a Sheriff can serve. The McCracken County Sheriff is the chief law enforcement official of McCracken County.
Sheriff Jon Hayden was elected sheriff of McCracken County in 2006. He is currently serving his third term. Prior to assuming the role as Sheriff, Hayden worked with the Princeton and Paducah Police Departments as well as the Western Area Narcotics Team. He then became a deputy sheriff with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department serving most of that time leading their drug investigation unit. He has served as a member of the Paducah-McCracken County E911 Board and Impact Poverty Study Committee. He was selected Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 1998 from the Jackson Purchase FOP lodge and Citizen of the year in 2007 by the Paducah Southside Kiwanis Club. Sheriff Hayden was appointed to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council by Governor Steve Beshear in July 2010 then reappointed to a 2nd 4 year term beginning in July 2014. He is a very strong advocate in continuing drug education (DARE) in all the McCracken County Schools. Hayden’s current term as McCracken County Sheriff expires December 2018.
McCracken County Courthouse
301 South 6th Street
Paducah, KY 42003
Phone: (270) 444-4719
- Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
- Sheriff’s Office: open until 5:30 p.m. on Monday
- District Clerk: open until 5:30 p.m. on Monday
- Circuit Clerk: open until 5:30 p.m. on Monday
- County Clerk: open until 5:30 p.m. on Monday