What is a Constable?
Constables are peace officers with broad powers of arrest and authority. The Constable has the authority to enforce both the Traffic Code and the Criminal Code of Kentucky. They may execute warrants, summonses, subpoenas, attachments, notes, rules and orders of the court in all criminal, penal and civil cases (KRS 70.350). The Kentucky Constitution, Section 106, Constables will possess the same qualification as the sheriffs and may exercise jurisdiction in any part of the county. (OAG 62-115 and 40-776).
The Constable is one of the only two remaining elected peace officers in the world; the other being the Sheriff. In Kentucky, the position of Constable was established in the 1850 Constitution. The present Constitution requires the election of one constable in each justice of the peace (known as magistrate) district.
Constables are fees paid officers of the court and do not receive any tax dollars from the county or city. Constables are paid entirely by the fees collected from the citations issued and from the warrants, summonses, subpoenas and other documents served by the Constable.
In Fayette County, Constables are responsible for the execution of all evictions in the county and the service of all forcible detainers and civil summons's.
Fayette County has 3 Constables. Each Constable is permitted to appoint 12 deputies to assist in the execution of his/her duties. In Kentucky, only counties that have a Class 1 city (population of 100,000 +) are permitted to have Deputy Constables.