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Dedicated to justice and serving the community, Kathy Witt has been employed by the Lexington Criminal Justice System since 1983 and joined the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff in 1985.

In 1998, Kathy Witt was elected as Lexington’s first female Sheriff and remains serving the citizens today of Lexington-Fayette County as Fayette County Sheriff. Sheriff Witt is one of 40 women Sheriffs serving our nation. A Commonwealth of Kentucky Certified Peace Officer, Sheriff Witt has been instrumental in creating, managing and enforcing numerous crime-reduction and education programs that have made a lasting impact on the lives of citizens of Lexington.

Click here to read about Sheriff Witt’s Record of Outstanding Service.

Sheriff Witt has been a Voice for Victims. The role of the Office of Sheriff is to serve and protect the citizens of Fayette County. Through her dedicated service, Kathy Witt has spent more than 35 years serving as a voice for victims in Fayette County, serving, protecting, and representing them in their time of need. As Sheriff, she will continue to attack the issues that attack our community.

Sheriff Kathy Witt has worked diligently to bring a 24 hour Domestic Violence Intake Center to our community.  Amanda’s Centere opened in the Spring of 2010 and is the first 24/7 center in Central Kentucky to provide victims cohesive service from the coalition of agencies and service providers in Lexington.  This Center will ensure that victims will be able to receive all services in one safe location.

Sheriff Witt supports Amanda’s Law and has readied the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff to play a critical role in the GPS monitoring of domestic violence perpetrators.

Respected Nationally.  Effective Locally.

  • CJIS Advisory Policy Board of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • CJIS Sanctions Committee Member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • CJIS Warrant Task Force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • CJIS NICS Committee Member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • CJIS UCR Committee Member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Project Safe Childhood Task Force member
  • 1st Vice Chair Federal Bureau of Investigation CJIS Advisory Policy Board U.S. Department of Justice
  • National Strategy Committee of Identifying Missing and Unidentified Persons
  • National Center for State Courts – Project Passport
  • Chair, National Sheriffs’ Domestic Violence Committee
  • National Sheriffs’ Association Ethics Committee
  • Chair, Lexington Domestic Violence Prevention Board
  • National Stalking Advisory Board
  • Chief Justice Joseph Lambert’s Task Force on Court Security
  • Fayette County Board of Elections
  • One Lexington
  • Salvation Army Board Member
  • Mayor’s Commission on Homelessness
  • Legislative Task Force on Domestic Violence
  • Former Lt. Governor Steve Pence’s Kentucky Coalition Against Sexual Assault