At H. W. Wilkey Elementary School, Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins looks into a classroom for his grandson. He says his favorite part of the job is spending time each week with students at the school.
Students at H. W. Wilkey Elementary School show off their handmade bookmarks to Norman, who has been teaching an anti-drug class in local schools for 27 years. “There’s been times where I’ve come up on wrecks, and I had them in fifth grade,” he says. “I don’t remember the name, but I know their face and it breaks my heart more than anything.”
Axel Plush, 7, gets a surprise visit from his Grandpa Norman at H. W. Wilkey Elementary School.
Norman speaks with Kentucky State Troopers Joey Beasley, left, and Robert Hartley after the end of an event to promote the use of seatbelts. Joey and Norman worked together when he was a state trooper, and Joey’s wife now works in the sheriff’s office. Norman started his career as a Kentucky State Trooper.
As he works a problem with a constituent’s unpaid power bill, Norman speaks on the phone with the electric company. Through a program called Behind the Badge, he was able to get the power restored.
Plans for a new office come together as Norman (right) speaks to Lt. Sonny Poteet (left, on the phone) and IT staff member Lee Hollowell. The sheriff’s office will be moving to the old police department building after the completion of an addition. Planning and paperwork can be a large part of Norman’s work day when he is not out in the community.
Norman reacts with frustration while arranging to pay the bill for an elderly constituent when a local not profit ran out of funds. “God has given me a platform to influence people and to impact people in a good way,” says Norman.
Norman speaks with Rick and Becky Mintora at Farmers Feed Mill.
Norman (seated) jokes with his wife Lauren Critchelow Chaffins and son Greyson, 15, on a morning before school.
Norman stands for the national anthem during a game between the Grayson County Cougars and Owensboro High School. Norman’s son Greyson plays defensive back and wide receiver for the school.