Cynthiana police officer Wilbur Gross has thrown his hat into the political arena.
Gross, 45, has filed papers to run for Harrison County jailer.
A 1987 graduate of Harrison County High School, Gross also holds a license and certificate in licensed practical nursing, which he received from Maysville Community and Technical College.
He served 15 years in the Kentucky National Guard: two years with Homeland Security after the terrorist attack on the United States. He has served in Frankfort, Newport, Ind., Fort Knox, Ky., Ft. Campbell, Ky., and at the Richmond/Bluegrass Army Depot.
He has been a police officer for 20 years serving the last 15 as sergeant. He has served under six chiefs of police and is in charge of everyday shift work. H is also the IT supervisor, ensuring computers are updated and officers are trained on new programs. Additionally Gross serves as the traffic grant administrator.
He has earned the governor’s DUI enforcement award for six years, the seat belt enforcement award for two years and is a two-time Officer of the Year for the Cynthiana Police Department.
He has also received numerous commendations for accomplishments in his position as sergeant for the police department.
He studied police administration at Eastern Kentucky University with a minor in political science in the ROTC program.
He completed a 10-week police training at EKU and maintains his studies with 40 hours annually in patrol, narcotics investigations, first level accident reconstruction and supervision.
Gross is a former deputy jail, having served with Larry Turner for six years.
He is the second vice president for the Fraternal Order of Police No. 38 and a member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church.
Gross is a lifelong resident of Cynthiana and the son of Charles “Pete” Gross and the late Metta Elizabeth Gross.
He has 11 brothers and sisters.
Gross and his wife Joy have been married for 16 years. She is a hairdresser at Shear Magic. He also has four children: LaRoyne “Peanut” Switzer-Gross, who is serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, Ga.; Whitney, a freshman at Morehead State University; Jazlynn, a junior at HCHS; and Tawny, a sophomore at the University of the Cumberlands.