2018 Election

Mark L. Pettway

Mark Pettway

Mark L. Pettway

Jefferson County Sheriff

Name: Mark Pettway

Party: Democrat

Residence: Birmingham

Political experience: None

Professional experience: Fairfield Police Department, 1993-99; Internal Revenue Service Task Force, 2012-14; Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, 1999-present. Member, Fraternal Order of Police, Police Benevolent Association; former member, Law Enforcement Bicycle Association.

Education: Faulkner University, business administration, 1989-91; instructor at the Sheriff’s Academy; instructor in cybercrime and identity theft education classes.

Main issues: Pettway favors using technology such as street cameras and body cameras to reduce crime. He believes law enforcement must be prepared to fight crime in an increasingly high-tech world.

He advocates reducing the size of beats for deputies and wants to create an environment in the department that “recognizes and rewards character, competence and compassion,” according to his campaign site.

Total contributions: $135,718

Campaign: pettwayforsheriff.com; Facebook: Mark Pettway for Sheriff