After an officer’s recent resignation, Springfield had to find a new policeman. But the City didn’t have to hire a rookie. Michael Cotton, with several years of law enforcement experience under his belt, was able, willing and ready to come to work in Springfield.
Cotton grew up in Taylorsvile and graduated from Spencer County High School. He began his law enforcement career in 1987 as a sheriff’s deputy in Spencer County. After working as an electrician for a couple years, Cotton returned to law enforcement with the Taylorsville Police Department and graduated from the Police Academy in 1998. After transferring to Bloomfield, he became Chief of Police, a position he held until recently, when the city disbanded its full-time police force. That’s when the officer learned that Springfield was hiring, and he’s been working here for about a month.
Cotton said the community has treated him well.
“I like the people, I really do,” he said. “They’re friendly. It’s kind of laid back. People seem like they get along. They’ll try to help you out, if they can. I’ve noticed that in the last month I’ve been here.”
The veteran officer said he likes his new boss, Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith.
“He a great guy,” he said. “He’s a great guy to work for. I think he takes care of the officers. He gives you whatever you need – uniforms, whatever – what Springfield needs, gets done. He makes sure you got what you need.”
Unfortunately, Cotton doesn’t have enough time to enjoy his favorite hobbies.
“I like to fish and hunt, if I got time,” he said, “Most of the time, I don’t have time to do it, anymore. I just don’t have time. My wife works third shift at Flaget Hospital. I have to do some of the housework. That makes it kind of bad. But I’ll usually take off and go when I can.”
If Cotton has his way, he’ll be working in Springfield for awhile.
“I just like the people and like working here,” he said. “It’s great. We’ve got a good boss. As long as they’ll have me, I plan on staying here.”
Springfield’s newest officer lives with his wife in Bardstown. The couple has three adult sons.