DCSO’s Thompson, Lowe to retire after decades of law enforcement service

July 31, 2020 | 12:10 am

Updated July 30, 2020 | 9:41 pm

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Two key figures with the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office — Major Bill Thompson and Corporal Randy Lowe — are retiring effective today after decades of law enforcement service.

Thompson has served as DCSO’s Chief of Investigations for the past 18 years. He has decades of law enforcement experience under his belt, serving 28 years with the Owensboro Police Department before working for DCSO. 

“Anyone who has met Bill knows that he truly cares for all those around him and anyone he meets,” a Facebook post from DCSO reads. “Billy, as most know him as, has given us the pleasure of calling him not only our co-worker, but a real friend and family member to our office.” 


Thompson received numerous awards during his tenure that include several outstanding commendations, as well as a number of Sheriff Unit Commendations, merit awards, Excellent Arrest awards and certificates from the American Police Hall of Fame. 

Daviess County Sheriff Keith Cain commended Thompson for his years of service, saying it was difficult to put into words what Thompson’s friendship and support meant to him over the 46 years they’d known each other. 

“Our office, profession, and myself have benefited immensely from your counsel, knowledge, expertise and leadership,” Cain said. “Thank you on behalf of the countless people you have touched and lives you have saved during the course of your career.” 

Lowe served primarily as a bailiff at the Morton J. Holbrook Judicial Center for the last 13 years. A Facebook post by DCSO said he was known for his hard work, character and dedication while serving as a full-time bailiff.

“Randy has shown that he truly cares for our community and has all the attributes you would expect from a leader and, oftentimes, is one of our office’s greatest ambassadors to the public during the course of his duties,” the post reads. “Those who have had the honor of meeting or calling Randy their friend, as we do, truly know that he is a man of honor and integrity.” 

Lowe also served in the U.S. military for 23 years, including 12 years of active duty with the United States Marine Corps, where he retired as a Sergeant. Lowe then served 14 years with the Owensboro Police Department before serving 13 years with DCSO. 

During his tenure, Lowe received the Military Service Award, several outstanding accommodations, and the Sheriff’s Unit Citation. 

“While we congratulate Randy on his future endeavors, we will truly miss him and the impact he has made on others in our community,” DCSO said. “Randy will always be a dear friend and part of our family.” 

July 31, 2020 | 12:10 am

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