HARRODSBURG - Walter Kenneth Burns, 77, a former Mercer County sheriff, died Thursday at his home.
Mercer County Sheriff Ralph Anderson, who took office in 1992 when Burns resigned at age 65 with one year remaining on his term, called Burns his mentor.
"Even after he retired, he kept up with what was going on," said Anderson. "He visited our offices quite a bit, and he was always available to me for advice. I've lost a mentor and true friend."
Anderson said Burns used his considerable people skills and cool head to great advantage.
"He had a country-type of flair that appealed to people all over the county," said Anderson. "He had a good reputation as an investigator, and his easy manner drew people to confide in him. He was a fair, Christian person, and one of the most level-headed people I've ever known."