Sheriff John E. Aubrey
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
John Aubrey has a long history of public safety and military service. He served in numerous positions rising through the ranks of his 28 years of service with the Louisville Police Department retiring as the acting Chief of Police. He also served in the United States Army Reserves, entering as a private and retiring 32 years later as a Colonel. Elected Sheriff in 1999, John is now running unopposed for his fifth term as the longest serving Sheriff in the history of Jefferson County Kentucky.
Sheriff Aubrey has spearheaded several initiatives during his tenure of office to include becoming the first Kentucky Sheriff’s Office to achieve accreditation and assisting his deputies in obtaining both a Merit System and Collective Bargaining. He also expanded the services provided by the Sheriff’s office to include assigning deputies to seven local and Federal Task Force Operations and providing nine local schools with School Resource Officers.
John has always placed a strong emphasis on training and has made the best possible training programs available to his personnel to include, the Southern Police Institute
at the University of Louisville, the FBI National Academy, and the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training Academy for Police Supervision.
John is a graduate of the 85th Class of the National Sheriff’s Institute, the 40th Administrative Officers Course of the Southern Police Institute, the 96th class of the FBI National Academy, the 35th FBI National Executive Institute and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Sheriff Aubrey earned Undergraduate and Master Degrees in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Louisville and was honored as the 2012 Southern Police Institute Alumni of the Year. John is a past recipient of the prestigious Kentucky Sheriff of the Year Award and in 2013 was honored with induction into his High School Hall of Fame.
Sheriff Aubrey gives much of his time to service in law enforcement and civic organizations. He currently serves on the National Sheriffs Association Board of Directors as the 2014 President. He Chairs both the Audit and Reserve Law Enforcement Committees. Sheriff Aubrey serves on the NSA Management Sub-Committee, the Nominating Committee and the Court Security Committee. Additionally, He serves as treasurer for the Major County Sheriff’s Association.
Sheriff Aubrey is very active in the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association and is a member of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police, the Kentucky Peace Officers Association, the Southern Police Institute Alumni Associates, the University of Louisville Alumni Associates, the Louisville Armed Forces Committee and the Port of Louisville Propeller Club. He is a life member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 614, the National Police Honor Society and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He has held numerous positions in these organizations.
John, a Catholic, has been very active in the Knights of Columbus since 1963. He served as Grand Knight of his Council six years and as Faithful Navigator for two years of his Fourth Degree Assembly. He is Chairman of the Annual Knights of Columbus Kentucky Derby Festival Charity Dinner held in Louisville on the first Monday of Derby week, a position he has held for the past 10 years.
Sheriff John Aubrey is married to Bobbie, his wife of more than 50 years. They have one son, John Michael, retired from the Louisville Metro Police Department who now has his own Law Enforcement Security Company, Daughter-in-law Amanda, and two granddaughters, Courtney and Charlee.