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BREAKING NEWS-UPDATED

5/4/22, 12:26 PM

BREAKING NEWS-UPDATED **

Jefferson County District Attorney, Steve Leriche and retired Jefferson County Sheriff, Jim Adkins endorses Senior Deputy Jason Pollock for Jefferson County Sheriff.

Ranch Matters reached out to Sheriff Heckathorn and asked if he was aware of the DA’s Media Release/Endorsement and he responded, “I was not.”

Ranch Matters sent Sheriff Heckathorn a copy of the Media release.

**Sheriff Heckathorn’s RESPONSE:

“I was stunned and thoroughly disappointed by the media release issued today by the District Attorney and former Sheriff. Both persons I considered to be my friends and mentors. I’ve worked with both persons for more than twenty years and have both personal and professional relationships with them. Neither person contacted me prior to the release being sent to the media today.

The retired sheriff was a key supporter of mine and encouraged me to apply for the Sheriff position and I was unanimously appointed as Sheriff by the County Commission in June 2022 and took office July 2022. My relationship and that of my deputies with the DA’s office has always been strong. I’m proud of that partnership and the work we do together serving the citizens of Jefferson County.

The three issues cited in the media release could have been resolved with direct communication instead of being blindsided in a last minute effort to change the trajectory of an election. The release today is exactly why there is a need to complete the election and to end the divisiveness that has plagued the county for nearly a year.

I can easily refute each of the three reasons noted in the release these elected officials used in making an endorsement of a candidate. The timing of the release was stunning less than two weeks before the election. Their information was incomplete and inaccurate. I frankly expected both of them to have explored all of the evidence before they weighed in with this last minute effort to discredit me.

I stand on my record and my service to Jefferson County. I continue to be open and welcome to all who want precise details.

Respectfully submitted,Marc Heckathorn, Sheriff”

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Pollock’s STATEMENT:

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Retired Sheriff Jim Adkins and District Attorney Steve Leriche. If you have ever followed politics you will know it is rare for Elected Officials to take a side because they have to work with whatever candidate wins. I appreciate the willingness of these men to put people over politics, and pledge to do the same as your Sheriff.”

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