City and county officials were treated Friday morning with a breakfast catered through the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Owensboro Lodge #16. Members of the FOP Political Committee reached out to elected officials to extend their appreciation and to continue building relationships with newly elected officials.
“We endorsed some elected officials, some we didn’t,” said Anthony Cobb, Chaplain of the FOP Owensboro Lodge. “But we wanted to let all of them know we appreciate them. We wanted to say, ‘Hey, we’re here at the lodge if you ever need anything.’”
Cobb said the breakfast, which was held from 7 to 9 a.m., was a means of bridging the two communities together and getting to know newcomers.
“There’s some new faces that were elected, and we wanted to know who they are and let them know who we are,” Cobb said.
Issues that occurred during the election, such as the public pension crisis, made things pretty nasty in Frankfort, Cobb added. The issue was something both police officers and those running for election inevitably were affected by. Cobb said the breakfast was a way for both the FOP and elected officials to relax in the aftermath of the election.
“We had a good turnout. It’s something we probably want to do more often,” Cobb said. “They pass the laws and police officers enforce them.”
Cobb said the FOP has a good working relationship with current elected officials, and that they understand how much time and energy it takes to run a campaign.
“The election’s over; it’s a lot of hard work and time away from your family,” Cobb said. “Now, they’ve got some time to relax, so we just wanted to give them a good breakfast.”