Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy C. Wayne Creech has only served as the court security supervisor for 10 months, but he brings over 40 years of experience with him to the job.
The 61-year-old deputy graduated from Cumberland High School in 1972. He holds an associate’s degree of applied science from KCTCS and a law enforcement degree from Eastern Kentucky University. He also completed the Law Enforcement Basic Training class 260 for the Kentucky Justice Cabinet at EKU in Richmond.
Creech said he only wishes to protect and serve the citizens of the community to the best of his ability. The statement sounds hollow on the surface, until you look at his resume and realize his abilities include over 40 years of experience in law enforcement and experience protecting the president of the United States.
Creech has been Cumberland’s Chief of Police three different times. The first time being from 1975-1979, then again from 1996-1999 and again from 2011-2015. He was also the captain at the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office from 1999-2009. His resume also boasts stints with the Kentucky Department of Parks and Lynch Police Department of two years each and 15 years working as chief of security and human resources supervisor from 1980-1995 for ARCH coal and United States Steel Mining Company.
Creech remembers a special detail he had in Hazard where he worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the United States Secret Service to protect former President Bill Clinton during a visit to the region.
Harlan Sheriff Leslie “Smitty” Smith said of deputy Creech, “I have worked and been friends with deputy Creech for many years while he served in other capacities. He has served as our court security supervisor at the Justice Center since Jan. 1 this year. He is one of the timeliest individuals I know. He gets along with the public and his fellow officers. He enjoys his profession and I am pleased to have him on the staff here at the sheriff’s office.”
Creech resides in Cumberland with his wife Debbie and son Jeremy. Debbie is a teacher for the Harlan County school system. He is the son of the late Claude and Edna Creech of Cumberland.
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