Steven Kessler was a well-known law enforcement official, serving as a Fayette County law official for a total of 36 years, eight of those years as the sheriff.
“It goes beyond professional, friends, I looked up to him. He was a mentor and a father figure to me,” said Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley. A father figure to many, especially to his own three daughters, his beloved grandchildren as well as his wife Regina of more than 25 years. And now his family, extended family, and the public are mourning the sudden death of a man who has touched so many people’s lives.
“You are not going to find a person in this county say one bad word about Steve. If they do there is something wrong with them, I miss him already,” said Fridley. Kessler retired from his role as Sheriff in January 2016. Following his retirement, he became Fayette County Circuit Clerk.
“Steve took office as circuit clerk the same day I took office as sheriff of this county. It’s sad, he didn’t get to enjoy retirement or enjoy relaxing a lot. But, there is no doubt in my mind that the man is in heaven and he’s up there with his friends who have passed before him,” said Fridley.
Former Sheriff Kessler had just turned 60 last month, his family and his extended family here at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is asking for privacy while they mourn his passing.