5/31/22, 3:33 PM
TWO WEEKS AGO TODAY
Two weeks ago today, Sheriff Marc Heckathorn saw his plans to continue being Jefferson County’s Sheriff dashed in one night, the MAY 17 primaries.
A day later Sheriff Heckathorn issued the following post election statement: “Of course we are disappointed by the election results from last night but my commitment to Jefferson County is unwavering. I pledge to do my part to accomplish a smooth transition of administrations. The citizens of Jefferson county deserve no less. I do not know when the transition will take place as my term as sheriff does not conclude until January of 2023.”
There’s been rumors circulating that Sheriff Heckathorn cleaned out his office and has been working remotely.
Ranch Matters (RM) contacted Sheriff Elect Jason Pollock and asked if he can shed some light on Heckathorn’s current status. He replied: “I can neither confirm or deny the rumors regarding Heckathorn’s current status.”
RM received the following clarification statement from Sheriff Heckathorn:
“Sorry about the rumors but that seems to be the new normal.”
“All staff: We’ve all had a few days now to process the election results and I wanted to share a quick update. First and foremost, it has been my privilege working with you all and serving as Sheriff. My term does not end until January 2023. It’s my intention to stay working as Sheriff until my term concludes and to then transition back to my previous position.
I will add I have had conversations with the county regarding a negotiated agreement to leave JCSO early but this is purely speculation at this point and many things would need to align to make that happen but it is a possibility. In the mean time, continue to do the work you all do each and every day serving the county.
This election period has been difficult and I know the transition will be a little bumpy as well. Please keep your heads up and to not get caught up in the politics. Things will change and that’s okay. I’ll be working much more remotely than previously but your day to day supervisors will still be working as normal.
We’re approaching the busy part of the calendar with summer about to start and seasonal deputies are on patrol. They will look to you all for leadership and guidance. Be positive and show them why this is a great place to work.”