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Heckathorn takes office July 1 replacing Sheriff Jim Adkins who retires June 30

COURTESY PHOTO - Undersheriff Marc Heckathorn will take over as Jefferson County Sheriff on July 1 to complete the term of Sheriff Jim Adkins, who retires June 30.

Jefferson County Commissioners appointed Jefferson County Undersheriff Marc Heckathorn to take over as sheriff July 1 to finish the term of retiring current Sheriff Jim Adkins.

Commissioners made a unanimous decision at their meeting Wednesday, June 2, following interviews with two of three applicants for the position.

Heckathorn started with the sheriff's office in 1999 and has served as undersheriff since 2016.

"This has been a career path for me for my entire career," says Heckathorn. "I'm 25 years into law enforcement now. I plan on retiring from Jefferson County."

He's 46 years old and married with two daughters. "The house that I live in is the same house we moved into in 1987 when I was in sixth grade."

Heckathorn says his priority is to pass the jail levy this coming November. Beyond that, he wants to fill positions in the department and oversee installing a new $1 million radio system. He'd like to reorganize to provide more opportunities for the staff.

"Some creative ways to give people some opportunities to get experience doing different things," says Heckathorn, "without tying someone to a position for years and years and years."

Sheriff Jim Adkins retires June 30. Heckathorn has already begun his election campaign for the May primary.

Two other candidates applied for the position: Jackson County Deputy Sheriff Ian Lance and Jefferson County Patrol Corporal Jason Pollock.

Commissioners chose not to interview Lance because he lives outside the county.

Pollock has been with the sheriff's office for 10 years and is currently the president of the union, the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Association.

Pollock says he wants to change the department. "There hasn't been a lot of growth, there hasn't been a lot of opportunities for the individuals within the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office to feel supported and remain at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office," says Pollock. "And I feel like I could bring a positive change to the office and retain people."

Pollock says he plans to challenge Heckathorn in the upcoming election.

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