Sheriff: Chief Deputy

David Crafton

Colonel David Crafton

Col. Crafton has been Chief Deputy of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office since November 2008. It is his responsibility to oversee the day to day operations of the three divisions of the Sheriff's Office and to establish policy and procedure under the direction of the Sheriff. He is currently writing a new policy manual which will meet accreditation standards.

Work History

Col. Crafton had 28 years of prior law enforcement experience. He was a police officer with the Henderson City Police Department from 1980 until 1982. He joined the Kentucky State Police in 1982 and was assigned as a trooper in Harlan and in Henderson, then as a sergeant on the Special Response Team, a squad sergeant at the Frankfort post, an administrative sergeant and an investigative sergeant in Henderson, an investigative lieutenant in Bowling Green, then returned to Henderson as the operations lieutenant until his retirement in 2008.


Henderson County High School
Associates Degree from Henderson Community College
Bachelors of Science Degree in Police Administration from Eastern Kentucky University
KSP Spanish Immersion Program ' Classes held in Bowling Green and Morelia, Mexico


Col. Crafton has received firearms instructors training through the FBI, the Smith and Wesson Academy, Heckler and Koch, the Mid South Institute and the Kentucky State Police. He has attended over twenty-five tactical training schools during his assignment with the KSP Special Response Team. He has also attended training on a wide variety of other topics, including leadership, workplace violence, managing investigative units, hostage negotiations, terrorism, cold case investigations, drug enforcement, clandestine drug labs, and interview techniques.


1978-80 Association of Law Enforcement
1978-80 Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honor Society)
1990-97 National Tactical Officers Association

Present Member

Kentucky State Police Professional Association
Fraternal Order of Police
Henderson City Lions Club (Past Secretary and present board member)